Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd Shot Dead in Atlanta

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was fatally shot in Georgia Saturday morning, according to Atlanta police spokesman Anthony Grant.

Officers responded to southwest Atlanta for an injured person call. When officers arrived, Byrd was found unresponsive, police said.

Byrd, 70, was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds to the back, police said.

His death and the circumstances around it are under investigation.

Byrd had been a stage actor. As a film actor, Byrd worked with director Spike Lee on many projects including “He Got Game,” “Get on the Bus” and “Clockers,”

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