‘The Shield’ Star Michael Jace Arrested In Shooting Death Of Wife

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May 20 2014, Published 7:29 a.m. ET

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Michael Jace, a veteran actor best known for his roles on FX’s The Shield and in the cinematic classic Forrest Gump, was taken into custody by Los Angeles police early Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife April Monday evening.

Police took in the 48-year-old actor, who played closeted LAPD officer Julien Lowe on the cable cop drama, after they found his 40-year-old wife dead at 8:30 p.m. Monday at their Brynhurst Avenue house in Hyde Park, Calif.

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Jace told authorities he was the shooter, according to online reports, while police said neighbors labeled Monday’s events the result of domestic violence. Investigators were attempting to suss out whether the shooting was an accident or homicide. Officials said that there were children at home at the time of the slaying.

The State of Play star, who was married to his late wife since 2003, was formerly wed to Jennifer Bitterman before their 2002 divorce.

In addition to roles in Planet of the Apes, The Fan and Clear and Present Danger, the well-seasoned actor played a physically-abusive husband in a small role in 1997’s Boogie Nights.

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