LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say actor Michael Jace is charged with homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their home. Reports say Jace called 911 himself told them he shot his wife and then stayed on the line with dispatchers until police arrived.

The Los Angeles Times reports that city police arrived at the couple’s home in the Hyde Park neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. Monday and that 40-year-old April Jace was found dead inside. The shooting took place in front of the couple’s two young sons, who were taken to relatives.

Detective Sal LaBarbera tells KNBC-TV that Michael Jace is a suspect and that police are not looking for other suspects.

Jace is being held on a million dollars bail.

The 50-year-old Jace plays a police officer in the TV series “The Shield” and had roles in “Forrest Gump” and “Planet of the Apes.”

The couple were married nine years and have children. New reports say that Jace was abusive to his first wife Jennifer Bitterman. A friend testified in the couple’s custody trial that she saw the actor assault Bitterman in front of their infant son.

According to CNN, Jace “choked and hit” his wife and “slammed her against the wall while (their infant son) screamed in his crib next to her,” Maria De Le Vegas testified in the 2005 case.

De Le Vegas said “was raging and out of control, and seeing the extent of his anger was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen.”

Police say Jace was experiencing financial problems. He declared bankruptcy in 2011, owed $22,000 in back taxes to the IRS, and had defaulted on the mortgage of his $411,000 L.A. home where the shooting took place.

April Jace was a financial aid counselor at Biola University in La Miranda, California. Her colleagues there issued statements today.

April’s radiant personality brought great energy to the financial aid office,” financial aid director Geoff Marsh said. “Her love for helping students and families and her great work ethic earned the respect and love of her coworkers. Her smiling face and helpful spirit will be missed by all.”

“We are obviously shocked and saddened by this terrible news, to lose a wonderful colleague, mother and friend,” Biola President Barry Corey said.

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9 thoughts on “‘Shield’ Actor Michael Jace Fatally Shoots Wife [UPDATE]

  1. 123Lovie on said:

    Can’t help but wonder what’s going on with these husbands of Hollywood losing their minds??? So very sad he ended this beautiful woman and the mother of his children life, Why? Anywho may she R.I.P

  2. He evil as Hell for no dag on reason! I mean really what was he angry about..money or maybe the house was clean enough..really I mean what?! They gonna beat his tail in jail..

  3. Camella Jenkins on said:

    To me he always had a deep dark creepy suspicious look in his eyes like something ain’t right in his mind. I couldn’t stand to look at him/watch the shows he was in.

  4. RENO2AC on said:

    The SHIELD was one of my favorite shows at the time. He played a gay cop on the show. This is tragic, especially for the children.

  5. lisac on said:

    On another website it said he called the police telling them he killed his wife. Why can’t people just walk away or take their own life. It’s so sad and scary.

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