Arrest in fatal shooting of philanthropist – The Hollywood Reporter – .

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Arrest in fatal shooting of philanthropist – The Hollywood Reporter – .


An arrest was made in connection with the fatal shooting of Jacqueline Avant.

The 81-year-old philanthropist and wife of legendary music director Clarence Avant was killed at the couple’s Beverly Hills home on Wednesday.

Beverly Hills Police said Thursday that Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles, had been taken into custody. The pattern remains unclear, police said. The suspect is on parole and has a “significant” criminal history, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook told a press conference on Thursday.

Multiple surveillance footage, including city cameras, showed the suspect’s vehicle heading east out of Beverly Hills shortly after Avant was shot down at around 2:23 a.m. Wednesday morning, reported authorities.

At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department in Hollywood responded to a reported shooting at a residence in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive where they found a man, Maynor, in the backyard suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot. After a full investigation, it was determined that a burglary had taken place at the residence and that Maynor accidentally shot himself in the foot, authorities said.

Maynor was arrested by Los Angeles Police and taken to a local hospital and has been detained by law enforcement ever since. Beverly Hills detectives responded to the Hollywood division and collected evidence linking Maynor to the Avant shooting, including the suspected weapon, authorities said.

Beverly Hills detectives took responsibility for the investigation in both cases.

The chief previously said he did not believe the shooting was a random attack and noted that his department would not rest until the suspect was brought to justice.

Jacqueline and Clarence’s daughter, Nicole Avant, is married to co-CEO and head of Netflix content, Ted Sarandos.

In a press release sent to The Hollywood Journalist Following the announcement of the arrest, the Avant and Sarandos family said: “Our deepest gratitude to the City of Beverly Hills, the BHPD and all law enforcement agencies for their diligence in this matter. Now justice be done.

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