Police arrested a person on Friday morning who’s accused of murdering Thomas Jefferson Byrd, the character actor who appeared in a number of Spike Lee movies.

Antonio Demetrice Rhynes, 30, was arrested by a fugitive unit and SWAT group officers, in keeping with the Atlanta Police Division.

Rhynes is accused of capturing Byrd early on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 3. Officers had been known as to the house at 2257 Belvedere Ave. at 1:45 a.m. They discovered Byrd lifeless with a number of gunshots within the again, in keeping with a police assertion.

In line with police, murder detectives adopted up on proof and suggestions from residents to establish Rhynes as a suspect. They obtained a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of homicide on Wednesday.

Rhynes was arrested early on Friday morning on the Royal Oaks Residences, at 3540 North Camp Creek Parkway. He can be taken to the Fulton County Jail.

“The Atlanta Police Division is happy with the diligent efforts of the Murder Unit to establish a suspect on this crime and the expert {and professional} work finished by the Fugitive Unit and SWAT Unit to take Mr. Rhynes into custody with out incident,” the division mentioned in an announcement.

Byrd, 70, had roles in “Clockers,” “Get on the Bus,” “Bamboozled,” “Chi-Raq,” and several other different Lee movies. He additionally acquired a Tony Award nomination for his position in “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside” on Broadway in 2003, and appeared in lots of different Off Broadway productions, usually in different August Wilson performs.

Lee has posted a number of tributes to Byrd on his Instagram account.

“Might all of us want condolences and blessings to his household,” Lee wrote. “Relaxation in peace, Brother Byrd.”