'I shot my wife': The moment The Shield star Michael Jace was arrested after ringing 911 to say he had killed his spouse
- Jace, 48, taken in for questioning by LAPD following shooting at his Los Angeles mansion
- April Jace, a mother-of-three, was found dead from gunshot wounds at 8.30pm on Monday
- Actor had called 911 and confessed to the killing, according to TMZ
- He has appeared in various shows including Southland and Burn Notice
The Shield actor Michael Jace called 911 and told police 'I shot my wife' after allegedly pulling the trigger on the 40-year-old at the couple's Los Angeles mansion on Monday while their children were home.
Jace, 48, confessed to the shooting on a 911 call at 8.30pm, according to police sources who spoke to TMZ.
The couple's two children, who are both under 10, witnessed the shooting and were taken to the police station.
Shortly before Jace reported the incident, police had received calls from neighbors in the Hyde Park area who said they heard shots being fired inside the property.
Tragic: Michael's wife April Jace was found dead from gunshot wounds at 8:30 p.m. in Los Angeles on Monday, pictured in 2004
Actor Michael Jace stands in handcuffs outside his Los Angeles home on Monday night after he allegedly shot dead his wife in front of their young children
Detained: Michael Jace has been taken in for questioning by police in connection with the shooting death of his wife
According to TMZ, the hulking actor remained on the phone as instructed by dispatchers until LAPD officers arrived.
When officers entered the house they found April Jace, a mother-of-three, dead from gunshot wounds. Jace was taken into custody for questioning and was later booked over his wife's death.
Police confirmed that at least two children - the third child is from a previous relationship - were in the home at the time of the shooting.
They have been placed in protective custody but officers were reportedly furious it took Children's Services four hours to get to the station and take the children to a family member. The kids were distraught, TMZ sources said.
CBS reports that Jace is being questioned by detectives. He was pictured at the scene on Monday night and appeared distraught as he spoke to an officer.
According to the Los Angeles Times, detectives with the 77th division are determining whether the shooting was an accident or a homicide.
Officer Sara Faden told the newspaper: 'It looks to have started as a domestic-related incident.'
The death sparked a huge investigation with police officers and news crews flooding the area.
Overnight assignment editor at CBS Joshua Crompton tweeted: '#BREAKING Actor Michael Jace detained in connection to the shooting death of his wife. Jace best known for his role of a cop in The Shield'.
April and Michael Jace celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary last June.
Photos from April's Facebook page show her playing happily with her three children, the oldest of whom is thought to be from a previous relationship.
Star-making role: Michael shot to fame as a cop on The Shield
10 year anniversary: Michael and April pictured after a decade of marriage in June last year
Jace is best known for portraying a police officer struggling with his sexuality on FX cop drama The Shield.
He went on to star on another police drama Southland along with guest appearances on shows such as Burn Notice and The Mentalist.
He had a role alongside Russell Crowe in the film State Of Play and bit parts in films such as Forrest Gump.
The actor was previously married to Jennifer Bitterman before divorcing in 2002.