`Shield` actor Michael Jace charged with wife`s murder

Reuters| Last Updated: May 23, 2014, 00:51 AM IST

Los Angeles: Michael Jace, the actor who played a conflicted cop in the cable television drama "The Shield," was charged on Thursday with the murder of his wife, prosecutors said.

The 51-year-old actor allegedly shot and killed 40-year-old April Jace on Monday at their Los Angeles home and then called 911. Police found his wife`s body and the couple`s two young sons, who were unharmed.

If convicted, Jace faces 50 years to life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney`s office said in a statement.

Jace is due to be arraigned in court on Thursday. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $2 million.

Jace, who has appeared in mostly supporting roles on television over the last two decades, is best known for his work on the FX drama "The Shield."

The series, in which Jace played a Los Angeles police detective conflicted about his sexuality, ran on the Fox-owned network from 2002 to 2008.