LOS ANGELES – Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show “The Shield,” was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.
Detectives were investigating whether the couple’s financial problems or other marital difficulties played a role in the killing that police said occurred during an argument Monday night while the couple’s two sons, both under 10, were in the house.
Police were unsure if the children witnessed the argument or gunfire. They were placed with relatives.
April Jace, 40, was shot multiple times and was found dead in a hallway of the family home in the quiet, modest Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Police recovered a handgun believed to belong to her husband, Los Angeles police Detective Dean Vinluan said.
“She came home with the kids and then the dispute happened and the shooting happened,” he said.
Jace called 911, said he’d shot his wife and then was seen walking out of the home as officers arrived, Vinluan said. He was detained and later arrested.
Jace was booked on suspicion of homicide, and detectives intend to review the full 911 call and other calls from neighbors reporting that shots had been fired before he is formally charged.
Jace, 51, is best known for his role as LAPD Officer Julien Lowe in “The Shield.” He also appeared on the show “Southland” and had small roles in the movies “Planet of the Apes,” “Boogie Nights” and “Forrest Gump.”