AceShowbiz - More details of Jacqueline Avant's tragic death have been revealed. According to her family, the wife of famed music producer Clarence Avant was awake and came face-to-face with Aariel Maynor, the convicted robber, who shot her dead.
Jacqueline and Aariel, who brought an AR-15 style weapon, stunned each other when he broke into her $7 million Beverly Hills house on December 1 before her assailant opened fire, her family told TMZ. "Jacqueline is often awake after 2 A.M. and the night of the break-in was most likely no different," the family said, adding that her husband Clarence was asleep in their bedroom.
Aariel was believed to have entered through the side yard to avoid a security guard, who was stationed at the front of the property. Aariel then smashed open the home's rear sliding glass doors.
After the guard heard the gunshot, he raced inside before Aariel shot at him and then fled the scene. Police came to Jacqueline's home after receiving a call at 2:23 A.M. regarding the shooting. The 81-year-old was immediately taken to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.
Aariel was arrested on December 2 around 3:30 A.M. after police officers responded to a burglary call, during which the suspect allegedly shot himself in the foot by accident. He was taken into jail after he's medically cleared by doctors.
On December 6, Aariel was charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing at a security guard, who was unhurt. He also faced charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of residential burglary.
Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said in the release after the arrest, "To the Beverly Hills Community, let me reassure you, this is one of the most protected and patrolled cities in the world." He added, "Crime of any kind will not be tolerated here. Let this be a message to anyone thinking of committing a crime in Beverly Hills -- you will be caught and brought to justice."
"At this time, we're only looking at him as a suspect, but again, there's a lot of evidence to go through, so we're leaving open the possibility there could be other people involved," Mark added. He also suggested that Clarence and Jacqueline might have been deliberately targeted, rather than the victim of thieves just looking to rip off the rich and famous.
Mark said, "Obviously, someone went into the home, we just don't know what the purpose was." The police officers concluded, "I don't think it's a random attack, but I can't speculate on that right now."