Police: Actor Michael Jace told 911 he shot wife in Los Angeles

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Actor Michael Jace Questioned In Wife's Death

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ANTHONY McCARTNEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on television, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fatally shooting his wife after calling 911 and telling an operator that he shot her, police said.

Detectives were investigating whether the couple's financial or other marital difficulties might have played a role in the killing.

Jace, who appeared on the hit FX series "The Shield," was being held on $1 million bail after being accused of shooting his wife multiple times on Monday night during an argument in their home in the quiet, modest Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police Detective Dean Vinluan said a printout of the incident history indicated that Jace called 911 and told the operator that he shot his wife.

The couple's two sons, both under 10, were at home at the time, although police were unsure if they witnessed the argument or gunfire.

The body of April Jace, 40, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a hallway of the home, and police recovered a handgun believed to belong to her husband, Vinluan said.

"She came home with the kids and then the dispute happened and the shooting happened," Vinluan said.

Michael Jace was seen walking out of the home when officers arrived around 8:30 p.m. He was detained and later arrested.

"We don't know if he came out of fear or was trying to get out of there," Vinluan said.

Detectives intend to review multiple 911 calls placed after the shooting to determine what had happened before Jace is formally charged.

Vinluan said there had been no previous reports of domestic violence at the home.

The actor had been under financial pressure in recent years. He declared for bankruptcy in 2011 and had been delinquent on payments as recently as December.

Calls from The Associated Press seeking comment from Jace's agents at SMS Talent were not immediately returned.

Jace, 51, is best known for his role as LAPD Officer Julien Lowe in the TV series "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."

Vinluan said the couple's sons are now with family.

Next-door neighbor Shirley Harding said she heard at least three gunshots Monday night. She described Michael and April Jace as good, hands-on parents.

"They were just lovely parents," Harding said. "I never heard arguments, I just heard happiness over there."

April Jace had worked as a financial aid counselor at Biola University, a private Christian school, since March 2013.

"April's radiant personality brought great energy to the financial aid office," Geoff Marsh, senior director of financial aid wrote in a statement. "Her love for helping students and families and her great work ethic earned the respect and love of her co-workers. Her smiling face and helpful spirit will be missed by all."

Bankruptcy filings in 2011 stated that she had worked as a school teacher for the previous 10 years.

Michael Jace's bankruptcy filing listed debts between $500,000 and $1 million. Much of the debt appeared to be related to his home, with an additional $22,000 owed in state and federal income taxes. More than $20,000 of his tax delinquency was owed to the state of California for the year 2008. He agreed to a payment plan, but had fallen behind as recently as December, records show.

In a statement of his assets, Michael Jace checked a box indicating he didn't own any firearms. There are no records of any criminal cases involving Michael Jace in Los Angeles.

"The Shield" ended its seven-season run in 2008. Jace appeared in all but one episode, according to the Internet Movie Database site, IMDB.com.

Jace consistently found work but remained mostly a bit player.

"He's one of those people whose faces you'd recognize but you don't know their names," said veteran casting director Sheila Manning. "He's a solid actor. Nothing big, but he's a working actor."

Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said April Jace's body had been removed from the home and an autopsy would not be performed until Wednesday at the earliest.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 12: Season Four Premiere of 'The Shield' at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, United States on March 12, 2005 - Michael Jace arrives to the season four premiere of 'The Shield'. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Actor Michael Jace (R) and his wife, April, attend the third season premiere screening of 'The Shield' at the Zanuck Theater on March 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The series 'The Shield' will premiere on the FX Network on March 9, 2004. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool
This undated image provided by Biola University shows April Jace, who, according to police, was shot multiple times by her husband, Michael Jace, after she returned home with their children, May 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. Michael Jace, who played a police officer in the hit FX series "The Shield." (AP Photo/Biola University)
Los Angeles County coroner's officials remove the body of April Jace, the wife of actor Michael Jace, from the couple's home in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014. Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting his wife to death, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dwight Flowers)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court for an arraignment on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace (C) appears in Los Angeles Court with his lawyers Peter Carr (R) and Jason Sias (L) on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
In this image taken from video from OnScene.tv, actor Michael Jace, right, is detained by police outside his home in Los Angeles on Monday night, May 19, 2014. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. (AP Photo/OnScene.tv)
Los Angeles County coroner's officials remove the body of April Jace, the wife of actor Michael Jace, from the couple's home in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014. Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting his wife to death, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dwight Flowers)
Neighbors are interviewed by media in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Actor Michael Jace (R) and his wife, April, attend the third season premiere screening of 'The Shield' at the Zanuck Theater on March 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The series 'The Shield' will premiere on the FX Network on March 9, 2004. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Yellow police tape seals off the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A police officer stands guard in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A police officer stands guard in front of the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Yellow police tape seals off the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Actor Michael Jace was arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of his wife, April, at their home in Hyde Park, police said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Actor Michael Jace appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday, May. 22, 2014. A judge has delayed the arraignment of Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week. Attorneys for Jace, who played a police officer in the hit TV series "The Shield," sought a continuance during the actor's first court appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday. He's due back in court June 18. The 51-year-old was charged Thursday with a single count of murder and he is accused of shooting his wife April multiple times in their home Monday evening. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
Law enforcement officials leave the home of actor Michael Jace on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home, authorities said. Police arrived at the couple's home around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a report of shots fired, Officer Chris No said. April Jace, 40, was found dead inside, officials said. Jace was taken into custody and booked early Tuesday on suspicion of homicide, No said. He was being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Actor Michael Jace (R) and his wife, April, attend the third season premiere screening of 'The Shield' at the Zanuck Theater on March 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The series 'The Shield' will premiere on the FX Network on March 9, 2004. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court for an arraignment on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
Michael Jace performs at WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct, 6, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct, 6, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Michael Jace during FOX TCA Party - Red Carpet at Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Mirek Towski/FilmMagic)
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, actor Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Los Angeles prosecutors charged Jace with murder on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in shooting death of his wife on Monday, May 19. If convicted he faces 50 years to life in prison. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Actors Michael Jace (L) and Catherine Dent pose at the 4th season premiere screening of FX's 'The Shield' at the Pacific Design Center on March 12, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 28: Actor Michael Jace arrives at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 'Behind The Scenes Double Header' with FX's 'The Shield' and 'Nip/Tuck' at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater on April 28, 2004 in No. Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: The cast of 'The Shield', with Michael Chiklis in front and (L-R) Benito Martinez, Walton Goggins, Jay Karnes, Glenn Close, Kenny Johnson, Michael Jace, Catherine Dent and Anthony Anderson pose at the 4th season premiere screening of FX's 'The Shield' at the Pacific Design Center on March 12, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: A police officer removes police tape from actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Actor Michael Jace makes his first appearance in court to face a homicide charge in relation to the shooting death of his wife in Los Angeles, California, May 22, 2014. Jace allegedly killed his wife, April Jace, at their south Los Angeles home three nights ago then called police to report the shooting. The 51-year-old actor is best known for his roles in 'LA Cop' and the television drama 'The Shield'. AFP PHOTO / Pool / David McNew (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Actor Michael Jace appears in Los Angeles Court with his attorney Peter Carr (R) on May 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace, a cast member of the television drama 'The Shield,'' was charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife April Jace during an argument at their home. (Photo by David McNew-Pool\Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Actor Michael Jace appears in court for his arraignment on murder charges June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jace is charged with the May 19 shooting death of his wife April Jace. (Photo by Nick Ut-Pool via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Media stands in front of actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: A general view of actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: A police officer removes police tape from actor Michael Jace's home on May 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The actor has been arrested for the murder of his wife . (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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Associated Press Writers Christopher Weber, Lynn Elber and Raquel Maria Dillon contributed to this report.

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