Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for Spike Lee films, killed
According to Atlanta police spokesman Anthony Grant, actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was fatally shot Saturday morning in Georgia. Officers responded to an injured individual call in southwest Atlanta. Byrd was found unresponsive when officers arrived, the police said.
Byrd, 70, was pronounced dead with several gunshot wounds to the back at the scene, police said. Byrd, according to IMDb, was born in Griffin, south of Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree from Atlanta’s Morris Brown College and a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts.
Byrd, according to IMDb, was a stage actor. As a movie actor, Byrd has worked on many projects with director Spike Lee, including “He Got Game,” “Get on the Bus” and “Clockers,” Lee said in an Instagram post.