A newly-released emergency call indicates that actor Michael Jace, charged with killing his wife, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting soon after it happened.
In the three-minute 911 call, the father of April Jace told a dispatcher that his son-in-law had called and texted him about the shooting and wanted him to get the couple’s two young children.
“My son-in-law called me, and (texted) me, and said come get the kids because he shot April, our daughter,” the caller, whose name was redacted from the audio, told a fire department dispatcher.
Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the TV series The Shield, was arrested on May 19 and police have said he also called 911 directly to report that he had shot his wife. That call was not released.
Jace has been charged with murder but has not yet entered a plea.
By the time April Jace’s father called 911, police had already been notified of the shooting, according to the audio.
Michael Jace’s lawyers Jason Sias and Jamon Hicks did not comment on the audio’s contents but noted that the case against their client is relatively new and they were still investigating.
April Jace’s family released a statement last week calling her death “a senseless act of domestic violence”.
Jace also had small roles in the movies Planet of the Apes, Boogie Nights and Forrest Gump.