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'Shield' actor Michael Jace told father-in-law of wife's death, 911 call shows

A 911 call reveals that "The Shield" actor charged with killing his wife notified his father-in-law of the shooting moments after it happened.

The three-minute call released Thursday by the Los Angeles Fire Department includes a statement by April Jace's father that actor Michael Jace said he shot his wife and asked his father-in-law to come and get the couple's two young children.

Jace was arrested on May 19 and police say he called 911 to report that he had shot his wife. That call was not released.

Jace's attorneys Jason Sias and Jamon Hicks did not comment on the audio's contents but noted the case is still early and their investigation continues.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on June 18.

Aside from his role on “The Shield,” in which he played Officer Julian Lowe, Jace most recently had a recurring role on the TNT cop series “Southland.” The Paterson, N.J., native also played law enforcement types in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Private Practice,” “The Mentalist,” “Burn Notice” and “NYPD Blue.” He had minor roles in films including “Forrest Gump,” “Boogie Nights” and “Planet of the Apes.”

Jace has no prior criminal record, but he reportedly has a history of extreme spousal abuse. Legal documents obtained by TMZ from his 1997 divorce from his first wife, Jennifer Bitterman, indicate that Jace was excessively violent. A witness claimed in the court filings that Jace choked Bitterman and slammed her against a wall in the presence of their 6-month-old son.

Fox News' Hollie McKay and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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