Man Arrested in Killing of Thomas Jefferson Byrd

An Atlanta man was arrested on Friday morning in the fatal shooting of the actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, the authorities said.

The man, Antonio Demetrice Rhynes, 30, was arrested on a charge of felony murder in the death of Mr. Byrd, 70, earlier this month, Officer Anthony W. Grant, a spokesman with the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement.

The police said they followed evidence and tips from the public to identify Mr. Rhynes as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday. The police said he was arrested without incident at an apartment complex. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer. He will be taken to the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Officer Grant said.

About 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 3, police officers responded to a call of a person who had been wounded. When they arrived, they said they found a man, who was later identified as Mr. Byrd, dead with multiple gun shot wounds to the back. It was not clear what led to the shooting or whether the gunman and the victim knew each other.

Shortly after the killing, Craig Wyckoff, a friend and former representative of Mr. Byrd’s, said he had spoken with a “circle of friends,” who told him that Mr. Byrd had gotten into an argument with someone at a store and that “that person must have followed him home.” The police had declined to confirm that account.

Mr. Byrd was a film, television and stage actor known as a favorite of the director Spike Lee. After Mr. Byrd’s death, Mr. Lee called him “our beloved brother” and paid tribute to him by highlighting his movie roles in a series of Instagram posts.

Mr. Byrd appeared in Mr. Lee’s “Clockers” (1995), “Girl 6” (1996), “Get on the Bus” (1996), “He Got Game” (1998), “Bamboozled” (2000), “Red Hook Summer” (2012), “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” (2014) and “Chi-Raq” (2015).

Mr. Byrd also received a Tony Award nomination for his one Broadway appearance, in a 2003 production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

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