Jacqueline Avant, the wife of legendary music executive, who is also known as the “Godfather of black Music” Clarence Avant, has been shot and killed in a robbery at her Beverly Hills home. Jackie died at age 81.
According to reports, Jacqueline Avant was killed when multiple gunshots were fired during an attempted robbery at Avant’s home in Trousdale Estates near Beverly Hills. A 911 call came in around 2:30 a.m. for a shooting at the couple’s Trousdale Estates home, near Beverly Hills. Upon arrival, police discovered a victim with a gunshot wound.
Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, but she did not survive.
The Police Department report confirms the suspect(s) were no longer on the scene when police arrived. Detectives are conducting an investigation. Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrookwill hold a news briefing later Wednesday to provide further details.
“The City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Police Department extends our deepest sympathies to the victim’s families,” BHPD Lt. Giovanni Trejo said in a statement.
Following the incident, a suspect has been arrested. The man in custody is 29-year-old Aariel Maynor, according to TMZ.
Authorities state that surveillance footage captured the vehicle driven by Maynor; “fleeing eastbound from Beverly Hills Wednesday morning after Jacqueline was shot.” Shortly after, the incident was reported in Hollywood Hills. And what led to Maynor’s arrest is that he literally shot himself in the foot.
“LAPD responded and found Maynor in a backyard suffering from a gunshot wound in his foot; and determined he’d shot himself while allegedly burglarizing that home.”
As a result, he was arrested, and authorities worked together and collected evidence that tied Maynor to the home invasion. At the time of this report, Maynor is the sole suspect and was said to have been armed with an AR-15 during the deadly incident.
Maynor has a criminal record dating back to 2013, including robbery and grand theft. He also received probation for domestic violence.
Clarence is known as the “Godfather of Black Music,”. He is a Grammy-winning executive who has mentored and helped launch the careers of countless artists in the music and entertainment industries, including; Little Willie John, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, L.A. Reid and Babyface.