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. 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 and were put in care.
The site also reports the couple had been fighting over money and had been through a bankruptcy. Jace was reportedly home alone when his wife arrived with their children from baseball practice.
Shortly before Jace called 911, police received calls from neighbors in the Hyde Park area who heard shots being fired inside the property after hearing arguing. 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. 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. ace was pictured at the scene on Monday night and appeared distraught as he spoke to an officer.
Officer Sara Faden told the Los Angeles Times, ‘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 from a previous relationshipJace 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 before divorcing in 2002. A friend of Jennifer Bitterman claims she witnessed Jace choking and slamming Jennifer against a wall and said ‘seeing the extent of his anger was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen.’