“The Shield” actor Michael Jace confessed to shooting his wife to death Monday night at their home in Hyde Park, law enforcement sources told The Times.
The actor, 51, is accused of shooting his 40-year-old wife, April, multiple times about 8:30 p.m. Monday. She had arrived at the house in the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue about 10 to 15 minutes earlier after picking up the couple’s sons from baseball practice, Det. Sal LaBarbera told The Times.
Los Angeles police said in a statement that the motive for the shooting “is believed to be domestic violence.” Neighbors reported hearing the couple arguing just before the shots rang out, KNBC-TV reported.
Michael Jace was standing in the doorway when police arrived and was ultimately arrested about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, police said. His wife’s body was found in a hallway inside the home.
The actor did not have a gun when police arrived, LaBarbera said.
There was no history of domestic incident reports either with police or from neighbors prior to Monday’s shooting, LaBarbera added.
Police say the couple’s two sons, both under 10, were home at the time of the shooting.
LaBarbera told KTLA-TV the children were not physically hurt, “but obviously their emotions are running high.”
“At the very least, they heard the shooting,” he told The Times.
Michael Jace was being held Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail.
From 2002 to 2008, Jace played Los Angeles police Officer Julien Lowe, who rose in the ranks to become a detective on the crime drama “The Shield.” He has also had roles in the films “Planet of the Apes,” “Forrest Gump” and “Boogie Nights,” according to the website IMDb.
Source: LA Times