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Shield actor held over wife's death

Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show The Shield, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after his wife was found shot dead in their Los Angeles home.

Police arrived at the couple's home in the Hyde Park area at around 8.30pm local time yesterday after a report of shots being fired, officer Chris No said.

April Jace, 40, was found dead inside.

Jace was taken into custody and accused of homicide, Mr No said. He is being held in a Los Angeles jail in lieu of 1 million US dollars (£593,600) bail.

Coroner's officials were this morning at the scene, which is in a quiet residential neighbourhood.

Jace, 51, is best known for his role as LAPD officer Julien Lowe in The Shield, but he has 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 for nine years and have two young sons. Police said two children were found at the scene at the time of the shooting and they are now in protective custody.

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 US dollars and 1 million US dollars (£296,800-£593,600). Much of the debt appeared to be related to his home, which he owed more on than it was worth.

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