Update 12/02/2021 4:38pm:
The Beverly Hill Police Department identified 29-year-old Aariel Maynor as the sole suspect who was arrested for the death of Clarence Avant's 81-year-old wife, Jacqueline.
During a press conference on Thursday, the police said they were able to apprehend Maynor because he shot himself in the foot. In addition, surveillance cameras captured Maynor's vehicle fleeing an hour before another shooting was reported in the Hollywood Hills.
When the cops responded to the second shooting, Maynor was discovered in a backyard after accidentally shooting himself while allegedly robbing another home. BHPD detectives claim they've collected evidence that connects Maynor to the deadly robbery that took place in the Avant household. The police also claim Maynor was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle at the time of the home invasion.
Aariel Maynor has a criminal history that dates back to 2013 for various crimes, including robbery, grand theft, and domestic violence.
Update 12/02/2021 2:35pm:
A suspect has been arrested for the death of Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music industry legend Clarence Avant.
Jacqueline was fatally shot during a home invasion robbery in which at least one suspect smashed a glass door to enter the residence. A private security guard was on duty at the time and was shot at but was not wounded and didn't return fire. Clarence was also unharmed during the robbery.
The Beverly Hills Police Department is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to reveal more details about the arrest. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.
Original 12/01/2021 12:49pm:
Clarence Avant -- the legendary music executive who's known as the Godfather of Black Music -- suffered a tragedy at his home Wednesday morning after his wife, Jacqueline Avant, was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery.
A 911 call was placed around 2:30 a.m. for a shooting at the Avants' home in Trousdale Estates. According to a family source, the suspects who broke into the home fired the shots that fatally wounded Jacqueline. She had already been transported to the hospital by the time the police arrived. Clarence was reportedly at the home but it's unclear if he was also injured.
Clarence was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this past October and was the subject of the 2019 Netflix documentary, The Black Godfather. Jacqueline was the president of childcare group Neighbors of Watts and was on the board of directors for UCLA's International Student Center.
No suspects have been arrested or identified. Jacqueline was 81 years old at the time of her passing.