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'Shield' actor Michael Jace arrested in wife's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor Michael 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 in the Hyde Park neighborhood 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.

Michael 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. Calls from The Associated Press seeking comment from Jace's agent and manager were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Coroner's officials were on the scene Tuesday morning in the quiet residential neighborhood.

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."

Jace and his wife were married nine years and have two young sons. Lt. John Jenal said two children were at the single-family home at the time of the shooting. They were in protective custody this morning, he told City News Service.

Michael Jace was previously married to Jennifer Bitterman, but they divorced in 2002.

Records show Jace filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2011, listing debts between $500,000 and $1 million. Much of the debts appeared to be related to his home, which he owed more on than it was worth, and more than $22,000 he 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.

His wife was identified as a public school teacher for the past 10 years, according to the filings.

In a statement of his assets, Jace checked off a box indicating he didn't own any firearms.

Jace had agreed to a payment plan in the bankruptcy, but by November 2013 had fallen behind by nearly $2,000. A trustee sought to dismiss the case over the late payments, but that petition was withdrawn on Dec. 24, 2013, records show.

There are no records of any criminal cases involving Jace in Los Angeles.

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eacret2 May 20 2014 at 12:43 PM

Al Sharpton will claim the white people did it.....

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rudimario May 20 2014 at 12:22 PM

Why bring up his bankruptcy? 60% of the country has filed or is about to file and the cause is......the rightwing in the US. Them and their greed and their fantasy that predatory capitalism really works.

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DannyJane May 20 2014 at 12:55 PM

Fact: The unfortunate Mrs Jace died. She was shot, but pending coronor's report cause remains open.

Fact: Mr. Jace is in police custody on SUSPICION of homicide. No mention of an arrest has been made public and no charges have been filed with the court. We don't even know if he has an attorney, plans to hire one, or anything else. Being in custody under suspicion is a far cry from being under arrest and booked.

Fact: The couple have two children who were apparently present at the residence when the incident occurred.

Fact: Mr. Jace has no criminal record of any kind.

In this artcle we have not been told anything else relevant to the case. The couple's financial situation, his profession, her profession, none of these statements are in any way relevant to the case until some kind of causation has been established.

Until we hear more--a lot more--there is no point in speculating.

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sagolfermanjohn May 20 2014 at 12:31 PM

I recommend he get the OJ jury and try and make the trial about the police and ignore all the facts. It worked well for OJ!

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karen and pitts May 20 2014 at 12:27 PM

bet jennifer bitterman is glad she dumped the loser before he went wacko.

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eacret2 May 20 2014 at 12:40 PM

Al Sharpton will claim that white people caused it.....

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rushour31 May 20 2014 at 12:29 PM

Sad, now the kids have no mom. The dad has been a loser for years, failing to pay normal expenses. !

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Nutley Dollar May 20 2014 at 12:19 PM

He was a good actor. So sad to see this stuff happen.

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drscot May 20 2014 at 12:30 PM

A good actor? good at acting like he was paying his taxes. Now he can join the long list of professional athletes and actors that decide they don't have to pay taxes, along with the young Congressman Jesse. A proud list.

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j.sachs1 May 20 2014 at 12:29 PM


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