A suspect has been taken into custody in the shooting death of music legend Clarence Avant‘s wife, Jacqueline.

Family sources with direct knowledge tell us a man has been arrested in connection to the murder.

We broke the story, 81-year-old Jackie was shot and killed inside the couple’s Trousdale Estates home in Beverly Hills Wednesday morning. At the time, we were told at least one suspect made it into the home. A smashed glass door appeared to be the point of entry.

What’s more … a private security guard for the Avant’s was on duty, and was shot at, but was not struck and did not return fire. It’s not known if the guard was armed.

Clarence was not injured during the attack.

The Beverly Hills Police Dept. will hold a news conference at 12:30 PM PT to reveal information about the arrest.

During a press conference Wednesday, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook shared a message from the family, but wouldn’t share details on the investigation or who was involved.

Among tributes to Jacqueline was one from former President Bill Clinton, who said, “Jackie Avant was a wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence and mother to Alex and Nicole, an active citizen & a dear friend to Hillary and me for 30 years. She inspired admiration, respect & affection in everyone who knew her. We are heartbroken. She will be deeply missed.”

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