Michael Jace, who played an LAPD detective on the TV show "The Shield," has been arrested in connection with the suspected murder of his wife, who was found shot to death at their home while their two children were inside, police say.
The 51-year-old actor was detained at 2:15 a.m. PT on Tuesday, May 20, and taken to a jail, where he is being held on a $1 million bond, records show. Police said in a statement that "at the moment, the motive of the murder is believed to be domestic violence." Michael has not commented. No formal charges will be filed on Tuesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Jane Robison told OTRC.com's parent company, KABC Television.
Police said they had received a call on Monday night about a shooting at the couple's south Los Angeles home. Inside, they found Michael's wife of nine years, April Jace, the 40-year-old mother of their two young sons, with multiple gunshot wounds, according to LAPD Detective Sal LaBarbera. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The detective told KABC and other local news stations that the children were inside the home when the shooting took place and that it is unclear whether or not they saw their mother killed.
"This is a quiet residential neighborhood," he told KABC. "But incidents like this really strike at the core of families. I mean, for children to either have witnessed or at least heard a shooting inside their home, now knowing that their mom is deceased and their father is probably responsible for the murder is just really unfortunate."
The children, he said, "were not physically hurt but obviously, their emotions are running high ... They're now with family members."
Another LAPD officer, Lt. John Jenal, told City News Service that the boys were in protective custody, according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE: The couple had argued before the shooting, the Associated Press reported, adding that upon arrival at the home, police saw Michael exiting the residence. They discovered his wife's body inside and arrested the actor on suspicion of murder. LAPD Detective Dean Vinluan told the Associated Press Michael had spoken with a 911 operator after the shooting but that it was unclear if he had called for help or if the operator had phoned the home.
Police are continuing to investigate the case.
Michael played LAPD detective Julien Lowe on the FX series "The Shield," which aired between 2002 and 2008. Michael is also known for his role as Terrell on TNT's "Southland" and has starred in films such as "Boogie Nights" and "Forest Gump."