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‘Shield’ Star Michael Jace Charged In Wife’s Shooting Death


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Michael Jace, an actor who is best known for playing Julien Lowe, an LAPD officer on the long-running series “The Shield” on FX, has been officially charged with felony homicide in connection with the shooting death of his wife. According to information obtained from his booking sheet, he was arrested Tuesday, May 20, at 2:15 a.m. PT by the South Bureau Homicide division of the LAPD. Bail for the 51-year-old has been set at $1 million.

According to Detective Sal LaBarbera, on Monday evening, officers responded to multiple 911 calls regarding possible gunshots in the area. The officers then went to Jace’s home in Hyde Park that he shared with his wife, April, and their two children. The couple had been married for 10 years. When police showed up at the residence at 8:30 p.m., Jace was standing in the doorway. The body of his 40-year-old wife was later found dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Both of their sons were in the home when the shooting occurred. However, it is not known if they were present to witness the shooting.

Jace was then taken into custody and charged with the crime. According to information from sources within the LAPD, Jace has confessed to shooting his wife. At this time, police are not trying to find any other suspects in connection with the murder. This was the first time that officers had ever been to Jace’s home. There had not been any previous domestic violence incidents reported at the residence. April had arrived home only 10 to 15 minutes prior to being shot.

Jace has been an actor for the past 22 years. The most important role of his career was appearing on “The Shield” starring Michael Chiklis in 89 episodes. The series ended its run after seven seasons in 2008. Jace also appeared on “Southland” in four episodes beginning in 2009 and most recently in 2013. Ironically, this series is also a crime drama that centers around the LAPD.

Jace appeared in the iconic Tom Hanks film “Forrest Gump” as a member of the Black Panthers. He also portrayed NBA legend Michael Jordan in the 1999 “Michael Jordan: An American Hero” TV movie.