Thomas Jefferson Byrd: suspect arrested after shooting dead actor, police say

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Antonio Demetrice Rhynes, 30, was arrested early Friday morning after “evidence and advice from citizens identified him” as a suspect in the investigation into Byrd’s homicide, the DPA said in the statement.

Byrd was shot dead in Atlanta on October 3 and was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds to his back, CNN reported.

Rhynes faces a murder charge and is expected to be transferred to Fulton County jail on Friday, the statement said. Police said Rhynes was taken into custody by a SWAT team “without incident”.

It is not clear if Rhynes has retained legal counsel at this time.

Byrd was known for his work with director Spike Lee on numerous projects including “He Got Game,” “Get on the Bus” and “Clockers,” CNN reported.

Lee paid tribute to Byrd in an Instagram post earlier this month.

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