UPDATE: Homicide detectives have identified a suspect in the shooting death of Thomas Jefferson Byrd.
On Oct. 14, Atlanta police officials announced that warrants for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes of Atlanta for felony murder were issued and investigators from the APD Fugitive Unit were working to arrest the suspect.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 16, Rhynes was indeed arrested and taken to the Fulton County Jail. As of press time, he had yet to enter a plea.
Hollywood has lost a star.
Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd passed away in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, Oct. 3 “from multiple gunshot wounds to the back,” a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement to E! News.
According to local law enforcement, officers responded to a “person injured call” around 1:45 a.m. EST on Saturday. Upon arrival, authorities said they found “a male lying unresponsive at the location.”
An EMS team also responded to the call, and shortly after arriving, they pronounced the male dead. The victim was later identified to be Byrd. He was 70 years old. At this time, it’s unclear what the circumstances are surrounding the incident. Per the Atlanta Police Department, Byrd’s death is currently under investigation.