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Crime Man Arrested on Felony Murder Charge for Allegedly Shooting of Thomas Jefferson Byrd

05:50  17 october  2020
05:50  17 october  2020 Source:   people.com

Atlanta police make arrest in actor's shooting death

  Atlanta police make arrest in actor's shooting death ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police announced Friday that they have made an arrest in the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd. Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the public, and officers arrested him early Friday morning, Officer Steve Avery said in an email. Rhynes will be taken to the Fulton County jail once he's processed, Avery said. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his arrest.Best known for his roles in Spike Lee films, Byrd was found dead around 1:45 a.m. on Oct.

An Atlanta man has been arrested and charged with murder of Thomas Jefferson Byrd the popular actor known for several roles in Spike An arrest warrant was issued for Rhynes Wednesday and he was arrested Friday morning. He's facing a felony murder charge for the shooting , which

An arrest has been made in the US state of Georgia over the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd . Murder detectives in Atlanta on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the

A man has been arrested in Atlanta after allegedly shooting Thomas Jefferson Byrd earlier this month.

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Thomas Jefferson Byrd © Provided by People Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Thomas Jefferson Byrd

Antonio Demetrice Rhynes, 30, was arrested on a felony murder charge for the October 3 shooting of Byrd in Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement to PEOPLE. Once processed, Rhynes will be taken to the Fulton County Jail.

A spokesperson for the department told the New York Times that they did "not have motive information to release at this time as well."

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BREAKING: Atlanta man is arrested over murder of Spike Lee movie actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd . By Associated Press. Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the

In this July 2, 2008 photo, actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd appears during a portrait session in Atlanta. Police say Byrd , known for his roles in many Spike Lee Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge

PEOPLE previously reported that officers responded to a 911 call about an injured person on October 3 at 1:45 a.m. local time. Upon arrival, officers found a man lying "unresponsive at the location."

The victim, later identified as Byrd, was pronounced dead at the scene, having suffered "multiple gunshot wounds to the back."

a person posing for the camera: Fulton County Sheriff's Office Antonio Demetrice Rhynes © Provided by People Fulton County Sheriff's Office Antonio Demetrice Rhynes

In a press conference Friday, Lieutenant Pete Malecki told reporters that Byrd had been walking back to his house from a store hours earlier when a 2010 Chevy Impala pulled up next to the Tony-nominated actor. The driver fatally shot Byrd, then "fled the location."

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Atlanta police say they have made an arrest in the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd . Antonio Demetrice Rhynes, 30, of Atlanta, is facing felony murder charges in connection to the case. Byrd was shot and killed in southwest Atlanta on October 4. The 70-year-old actor was

Atlanta police announced Friday that they have made an arrest in the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd . Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the

Malecki said that investigators received a "critical crime stoppers tip" that helped lead them to Rhynes, who was arrested using drone technology.

Byrd, 70, starred in several films from director Spike Lee, including Chi-Raq (2015), Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014), He Got Game (1998) and Clockers (1995).

Lee, 63, shared a tribute to Byrd the day after his death.

"I’m So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta,Georgia," Lee wrote on Instagram.

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"Tom Is My Guy,Here Below You See Him As The Frightening Character Errol Barnes In CLOCKERS. Brother Byrd Also Did His Thang In My Joints- CHI-RAQ,SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS, RED HOOK SUMMER,BAMBOOZLED,HE GOT GAME,GET ON THE BUS,GIRL 6 And CLOCKERS. May We All Wish Condolences And Blessings To His Family. Rest In Peace Brother Byrd."

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Thomas Jefferson Byrd © Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Thomas Jefferson Byrd

Byrd was also known for his roles in 1996's Set It Off and 2004's Ray. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003 for his stage performance as Toledo in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

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