Neighbors expressed shock over the arrest of "The Shield" actor
"They were the Huxtables on the block," neighbor Tonja Edwards said, referring to the fictional family in the long-running sitcom
April Jace, 40, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her upper torso, police said.
About 8:30 p.m. Monday, police said, Michael Jace called police on his cellphone to say that he had just shot his wife to death.
Two children, both reportedly younger than 10, were inside the pink stucco home on a quiet street at the time of the shooting.
"At very least they heard the shots," LAPD Det. Sal LaBarbera said. "It is a terrible tragedy, made all the more worse by their children being there."
Neither child was hurt.
By 3 a.m. Tuesday, Jace had been booked on suspicion of murdering his 40-year-wife, a well-liked financial aid counselor at Biola University, an evangelical Christian college in La Mirada.
LaBarbera said investigators searched the home in the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue and recovered a handgun, which will be tested to determine whether it was used in the shooting.
April Jace and her sons had been home for about 15 minutes after baseball practice before their mother was shot, detectives said.
Beforehand, neighbors reported seeing Michael Jace pull into the driveway, walk in and leave the front door ajar. A few minutes later, a neighbor heard popping sounds and took cover.
Police said they arrived to find an unarmed Jace standing in the doorway, his wife's body visible in a hallway.
They handcuffed the actor. Paramedics arrived soon after and pronounced his wife dead.
The veteran actor, dressed in a short-sleeve shirt, appeared to show little emotion as flashing lights from police cars reflected off his face outside the home.