“I shot my wife,” Jace reportedly told the operator, according to TMZ.com.
Jace then stayed on the line and was standing in the doorway when cops arrived at his Los Angeles home and found his wife, April, dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
While Jace, 51, was taken to jail, the couples’ two sons — both younger than 10 — were turned over to their maternal grandmother, police said.
“At the very least, they heard the shooting,” Det. Sal LaBarbera told The Los Angeles Times.
April Jace, 40, was fatally shot around 8:30 p.m. Monday in a hallway about 15 minutes after she returned home with her sons from baseball practice, police said.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police said in a statement that the motive for the shooting “is believed to be domestic violence” — an accusation levied against Michael Jace nearly two decades ago when he divorced his previous wife, Jennifer Bitterman.
In court documents, she described an instance in which she said Jace threatened to kill her if they went to “war” over his visitation rights of their son.