The Beverly Hills Police Department identified the suspect as Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles.
They say Maynor is a parolee with a long criminal record. He was caught after apparently shooting himself in the foot with an AR-15 while committing another burglary just an hour after allegedly killing Avant. Beverly Hills officers were called to the Avants home in Maytor Place 1100 block around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning after a shootout. Officers found the 81-year-old man with gunshot wounds. Avant was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead.
About an hour later, officers from the Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department responded to another shooting call in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive, where they found a man with a gunshot wound. at the foot.
Investigators later determined that Maynor was involved in a burglary at this house and accidentally shot himself with an AR-15. Further investigation has linked it to Avant’s death, according to a press release. The caliber of the gun matched the bullets found at the scene of Avant’s murder.
Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said there were several surveillance videos showing Maynor’s vehicle heading east out of Beverly Hills shortly after the shooting.
Police believe Maynor acted alone and a motive remains unclear. After the arrest was announced, the Avant and Sarandos families released a statement thanking police. (Clarence and Jackie Savant’s daughter, Nicole, is married to Ted Sarandos, the co-CEO of Netflix.)
“Our deep gratitude to the city of Beverly Hills, to the BHPD and to all law enforcement agencies for their diligence in this matter,” the statement read. “Now justice be done. “
Before, known affectionately as “Jackie”, was well known and respected for her philanthropy over the years.
Her husband, Clarence Avant, was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was also the subject of a 2019 Netflix documentary “The Black Godfather,” which highlighted his influence in the music industry.
Stainbrook confirmed that there was a private security guard on the property at the time, but it was not clear how this individual might have interacted with the suspect.
Stainbrook read a statement from the Avant family on Wednesday:
“The entire Avant family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love, support and condolences for Jacqueline Avant. Jacqueline was a woman, wife, mother, philanthropist and resident of Beverly Hills for 55 years, who made an immeasurable positive contribution and impact on the artistic community. She will be missed by her family, friends and everyone she has come into contact with throughout her incredible life.
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