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An actor who played a cop on popular FX crime drama The Shield has been arrested and is being held for shooting his wife dead Monday night. Michael Jace, who played officer Julien Lowe on the show, called the cops himself to report the gruesome crime.

According to reports from the Los Angeles Times and TMZ, Jace, 50, called 911 around 8:30 PT with the grim message stating that he shot his wife. Cops arrived to find April Jace, 40, dead in the couple’s South Los Angeles home. TMZ also reports that the pair’s two young children saw the shooting take place.

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Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Jace’s 2 kids witnessed him allegedly shooting and killing their mom. The kids — both under 10 — were extremely upset and taken to the police station. We’re told cops are angry it took Children’s Services 4 hours to get to the station and take the kids to the home of a family member where they could be comforted.

Jace is being booked for murder.

From 2002 to 2008, Jace worked on The Shield alongside main star Michael Chiklis. He also had roles in other productions but never more than small bit cameos.

This story is developing.

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