The Los Angeles Fire Department today released a tape of a 911 call from the father of April Jace in which he reportedly says actor Michael Jace told him he had shot his wife, the AP reports. Michael Jace, 51, known for his work on the cop drama "The Shield," has been charged with murder in connection with the May 19 shooting.
"In the three-minute call, the father of April Jace told a dispatcher that his son-in-law had called and texted him about the shooting," the story reports.
The caller, whose name was redacted from the recording, reportedly tells a dispatcher on the tape: "My son-in-law called me, and (texted) me, and said come get the kids because he shot April, our daughter."
Authorities have said Michael Jace also called 911 himself to report that he had shot his wife, the story reports, noting that authorities have not released that tape.
Michael Jace has not yet entered a plea in the case.
"His father-in-law called 911 while driving to the Los Angeles home of the couple. By then, police had already been notified of the shooting, according to the audio," the AP reports. "Michael Jace's attorneys Jason Sias and Jamon Hicks did not comment on the content of the audio but noted that the case is relatively new and they were still investigating."
The attorneys wrote: "We have the utmost concern for the Jace children. Mr. Jace has a constitutional right to a defense. It remains extremely early and we are still in the fact-finding process."
The AP report adds: "Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting but previously said they were investigating whether it was prompted by financial difficulties or other marital problems. Michael Jace had filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and had fallen behind on payments to creditors as recently as December."