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Actor Michael Jace, best known for playing a gay cop on the FX series "The Shield," has been charged with homicide in the fatal shooting of his wife in their Los Angeles home, police said Tuesday.

Jace, 48, who had small roles in "Forrest Gump" and the 2009 film "State of Play," starring Russell Crowe, reportedly called police Monday night to say he'd shot April Jace, 40. She was found dead in their south Los Angeles home by police who responded, Los Angeles Police Detective Lyman Doster said.

In "The Shield," Jace, a native of Paterson, N.J., played Police Officer Julien Lowe, beginning as a rookie officer thrust into a corruption-riddled inner-city Los Angeles police precinct. He appeared in 89 episodes, starting in 2002, and his character rose to detective before the series ended in 2008. Jace also appeared in several episodes of the police drama "Southland" after his run on "The Shield."

Jace played NBA great Michael Jordan in the 1999 TV movie "Michael Jordan: An American Hero."

The Los Angeles Times reports that city police arrived at the couple's home in the Hyde Park neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. to find Jace dead inside. TMZ reports that Jace called police himself and said "I shot my wife."

The couple was married nine years and have children.

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