Film and stage actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd shot to death in Atlanta
Thomas Jefferson Byrd, "Clockers" (1995)

By Asia Simone Burns, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA (AJC) -- Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was shot and killed in southwest Atlanta, according to police.

Byrd, well-known for starring in several films by director Spike Lee and also being a Tony Award-nominated stage actor, was found slain early Saturday morning, Atlanta police confirmed to

The call came in from the 2200 block of Belvedere Avenue about 1:45 a.m., according to Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant. When police arrived at the location, they found Byrd on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds in his back. He was pronounced dead by Grady emergency medical services.

Homicide detectives are "working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident," Atlanta police spokesperson Anthony Grant told USA TODAY. The location was described as a home.