- Jace, 51, was arrested following shooting at his Los Angeles home and was later booked for murder
- April Jace, a mother-of-three, was found dead from gunshot wounds at 8.30pm on Monday
- Actor had called 911 and confessed to the killing
- Two children under ten were at the LA home at the time of the shooting
- Bail has been set at $1million and, according to police, the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence
- The shooting is believed to have been preceded by a fight over finances. The star had declared bankruptcy in 2011
- He has appeared in TV shows including Southland and Burn Notice
The Shield actor Michael Jace was booked for his wife’s murder today after he called 911 on Monday and allegedly confessed: ‘I shot my wife.’
The 51-year-old is suspected of shooting dead his wife April, 40, at the couple’s Los Angeles home on Monday while their young children were present.
Jace made the 911 call at 8.30pm, according to police sources who spoke to TMZ. The couple’s two children, who are both under 10, reportedly witnessed the shooting and were taken in a distraught state to the police station.
The site also reports the couple had been fighting over money.
Mrs Jace was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders with police believing the motive to be domestic violence.
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Actor Michael Jace’s wife April (pictured left with her husband in 2004) was found dead from gunshot wounds at 8.30pm in Los Angeles on Monday. He has been booked for her murder
Actor Michael Jace stands in handcuffs outside his Los Angeles home on Monday night after he allegedly shot dead his wife in front of their young children
A distraught Michael Jace pictured outside his LA home on Monday night. He has been booked in connection with his wife’s murder
Jace was reportedly home alone when his wife arrived with their children.
Shortly before Jace called 911, police received calls from neighbors in the Hyde Park area who heard shots being fired inside the property.
According to paperwork obtained by TMZ, Jace filed for bankruptcy in March 2011.
He filed for Chapter 13, restructured his finances and reduced his mortgage, but owed $411,000 on the home where his wife was killed and it was on the brink of a foreclosure.
Jace was taken into custody and was later booked for his wife’s murder, the LAPD confirmed on Tuesday.
His bail has been set at $1million and according to police, the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence.
According to TMZ, the 6ft 4in actor remained on the phone as instructed by dispatchers until LAPD officers arrived.
When officers entered the house they found April Jace, a mother-of-three, dead from gunshot wounds.
Police confirmed that at least two children – the third child is from a previous relationship – were in the home at the time of the shooting.
They have been placed in protective custody but officers were reportedly furious it took Children’s Services four hours to get to the station and take the children to a family member. The kids were distraught, TMZ sources said.
The Shield star Michael Jace, 48, was arrested on Monday night at his home. Neighbors reported shots fired inside the home before Jace himself dialed 911 and reportedly said he had shot his wife
Police officers emerge from the LA mansion of actor Michael Jace after he called 911 on Monday night, allegedly saying he had shot his wife
According to documents Jace owed over $400,000 on this home, had declared bankruptcy in 2011 and was at risk of foreclosure
The couple had reportedly been arguing about money before the murder
CBS reports that Jace is being questioned by detectives. He was pictured at the scene on Monday night and appeared distraught as he spoke to an officer.
According to the Los Angeles Times, detectives with the 77th division are determining whether the shooting was an accident or a homicide.
Officer Sara Faden told the newspaper: ‘It looks to have started as a domestic-related incident.’
The death sparked a huge investigation with police officers and news crews flooding the area.
April and Michael Jace celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary last June.
Photos from April’s Facebook page show her playing happily with her three children, the oldest of whom is thought to be from a previous relationship.
Michael Jace in well-known as Detective Lowe on popular cop TV drama The Shield
Michael Jace and his wife April. The couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last June
Jace is best known for portraying a police officer struggling with his sexuality on FX cop drama The Shield.
He went on to star on another police drama Southland along with guest appearances on shows such as Burn Notice and The Mentalist.
He had a role alongside Russell Crowe in the film State Of Play and bit parts in films such as Forrest Gump.
The actor was previously married to Jennifer Bitterman .