KEY POINTS

  • Jacqueline Avant was shot to death in her Beverly Hills home Wednesday
  • Cops did not find any suspects when they arrived at the scene
  • The victim was taken to a hospital but did not survive

Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the killing of Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music icon Clarence Avant. The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) announced Thursday that the suspect was identified as 29-year-old Aariel Maynor.

Several surveillance videos showed Maynor's vehicle leaving the area where the victim was shot to death, authorities said as per CNN. The BHPD also revealed that its detectives responded to a second burglary call on the same night Jacqueline was killed.

According to police, they found Maynor with a gunshot wound at the second crime scene. The man reportedly claimed he had accidentally shot himself in the foot. Officers also recovered pieces of evidence linking Maynor to the shooting incident at the Avant residence, including the weapon used to kill Jacqueline.

Maynor is currently being treated at a hospital and will be booked into custody once cleared by doctors. At a police press conference following his arrest, authorities said they have not yet interrogated Maynor due to his condition.

Jacqueline was shot and killed in her home in Beverly Hills during a robbery incident Wednesday. Police said their communications center received a phone call early morning regarding a shooting that had occurred at a home in the area. When they arrived at the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot wound but the suspects were no longer there.

Police said Jacqueline was still responsive when paramedics arrived at the scene but died after she was taken to a local hospital. Her husband Clarence was not injured in the incident.

Clarence and Jacqueline's daughter, Nicole Avant, is married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos. Following the victim's death, the Avant and Sarandos families issued a statement, saying, "The entire Avant and Sarandos families wish to thank everyone for their outpouring of love, support, and heartfelt condolences for Jacqueline Avant."

"Jacqueline was an amazing woman, wife, mother and philanthropist and a 55 year resident of Beverly Hills who has made an immeasurable positive impact on the arts community. She will be missed by her family, friends, and all of the people she has helped throughout her amazing life," the statement added.

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