Murder suspect arrested in shooting of Jacqueline Avant

FILE - Jacqueline Avant, left, and Clarence Avant appear at the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2020. Jacqueline Avant was fatally shot early Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Mark Von Holden Invision/AP, File)

FILE – Jacqueline Avant, left, and Clarence Avant appear at the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2020. Jacqueline Avant was fatally shot early Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Mark Von Holden Invision/AP, File)

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UPDATED 6:20 PM PT – Thursday, December 2, 2021

Police arrested 29-year-old Aariel Maynor during a burglary call for the murder of Jacqueline Avant.

Law enforcement announced the arrest on Thursday, after the wife of music executive Clarence Avant was shot and killed in their Beverly Hills home Wednesday. Police said Maynor was arrested after he accidentally shot himself in the foot during another burglary in the Hollywood Hills and surveillance footage uncovered his tracks.

Authorities believe the shooter acted alone, but are still investigating potential accomplices.

“The motives in this case are still unknown and we’re investigating all possible motives. And we will not speculate on anything that’s out there, if this was a robbery attempt or not,” said Chief Mark Stainbrook of the Beverly Hill Police Department.

Authorities confirmed Clarence and a security guard were home at the time of the shooting, but remained unharmed.

Meanwhile, the family and neighboring community continue to mourn over the loss of 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant as the investigation continues to unfold.

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