Arrested in the fatal shooting of Jacqueline Avant in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Beverly Hills police arrested Jacqueline Avant, the wife of the music manager known as the “Godfather of Black Music”, in the fatal shooting.

Authorities are expected to release details of an arrest on the case during a press conference Thursday, a source with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News.

Jacqueline Avant, 81, was shot dead early Wednesday morning at the Beverly Hills house she shared with husband Clarence Avant. Police said she answered calls about a 2:23 am shootout where paramedics took her to the hospital, but she did not survive.

It is unclear whether Clarence Avant was at home.

The authorities did not provide a motive during a press conference on Wednesday and found that investigators were following all possible leads into the case. Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook could not definitively determine whether the Avant home was being robbed.

“Often people think of trespassing when it comes to robbing or breaking into an apartment,” said Stainbrook. “And so obviously someone went into the home. We just don’t know why, what the purpose or the motive was behind it.”

This is a breakthrough story, please check back for updates.

Andrew Blankstein reported from Los Angeles. Doha Madani reported from New York City.

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