Clarence Avant, a legendary music exec who was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a tragedy at home Tuesday night … a home invasion where his wife of 54 years — Jacqueline Avant — was shot and killed … TMZ has reported.
It happened in the Trousdale Estates … a high-end area neighboring Beverly Hills. Law enforcement told TMZ, Beverly Hills PD got a call at 2:30 AM for a home invasion. The caller told the dispatcher someone had been shot. By the time they arrived, Jackie had already been rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead2:21 PM PT — Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook just held a press conference, and while he shared a touching message from the Avant family, there wasn’t much else new in terms of the case. Stainbrook said he couldn’t yet speculate on how many suspects were involved or if they knew the Avant family. He did, however, say it didn’t appear to be a random attack … but he wouldn’t go any further.1:42 PM PT — Sources with direct knowledge told TMZ … Jacqueline was shot in the stomach, but was alert and speaking when paramedics arrived at the house, and we’re told the family was shocked she didn’t pull through.
Beverly Hills PD is about to update us on the case with a news conference at 2 PM PT, and we’ll be live streaming.
9:44 AM PT — Law enforcement sources tell us there was security at the home, the security guard was shot at as well, but did not return fire. We’re told Clarence was not injured.
9:20 AM PT — At least one suspect, the shooter, had gotten inside the Avants’ home when he opened fire at Jacqueline … according to sources connected to the investigation. It’s unclear how many suspects were involved
What has come in on our news desk reports arrests of the Murderer
Police say the suspect is 29-year-old Aariel Maynor, and he was captured partly because he literally shot himself in the foot.Cops say several surveillance cameras captured Maynor’s vehicle fleeing eastbound from Beverly Hills Wednesday morning after Jacqueline was shot. About an hour later, a shooting was reported in the Hollywood Hills, near the Griffith Observatory.