Man busted in shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd

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Atlanta police have collared the man who shot dead an actor known for his roles in Spike Lee movies, cops said Friday.

Antonio Demetrice Rhynes, 30, was arrested Friday morning and charged with felony murder in the death of Thomas Jefferson Byrd, who was known for his roles in Lee’s flicks “He Got Game,” “Clockers,” and “Ray.”

Cops got a warrant for Rhynes on Wednesday and tracked him down at an apartment complex in southwest Atlanta after the public helped identify the gunman, according to an e-mail from the Atlanta Police Department.

Rhynes will be held in the Fulton County Jail, cops said.

Byrd, 70, was found dead in Atlanta around 1:45 a.m. Oct. 3 after being shot multiple times in the back, according to cops. The motive for his killing is unclear.

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Antonio Demetrice Rhynes

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

FILE: Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd Murdered in Atlanta Spike Lee's "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" Cast And Crew Special Screening - After Party

FILE: Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd Murdered in Atlanta Spike Lee's "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" Cast And Crew Special Screening - After Party

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Spike Lee, and Elvis Nolasco

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Lee praised the actor on social media when Byrd’s death was announced earlier this month.

“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,” Lee wrote.

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