Atlanta police used a drone to force the man suspected in the shooting dead actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd out of his house so that they could arrest him.
Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained a warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the public.
Officers arrested him early Friday morning, Officer Steve Avery said in an email.
Rhynes will be taken to the Fulton County jail once he’s processed, Avery said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his arrest.
Footage of the arrest was shared by the Atlanta Police Department, who noted the arrest was conducted by its Fugitive, SWAT and Homicide Units.
In the footage, the camera enters a second-floor apartment on Camp Creek Parkway with a damaged front door.
The drone moves through the living room and kitchen and then turns toward a short hallway.
A man, identified as Rhynes, pokes his head out of a doorway and raises a hand while saying something that can’t be heard on the video.
Rhynes withdraws into the room and then emerges a few seconds later wearing red shorts with white stars and no shirt and with both hands in the air.
He then puts his hands behind his head and walks out of the apartment where he again raises both hands.
Best known for his roles in Spike Lee films, Byrd was found dead around 1.45am on October 3 near his home in southwest Atlanta. He had been shot multiple times in the back.
A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest.
Byrd acted in films including ‘Clockers,’ ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘Bamboozled,’ ‘He Got Game’ and ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.’
Also a stage actor, Byrd was nominated in 2003 for a Tony award for his performance in the Broadway revival of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ co-starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton.
Earlier in the month, Atlanta police shared that there was surveillance footage showing the actor leaving a local store near his home, the day he was murdered.