Actor Michael Jace is facing life in prison after Los Angeles police formally charged him with one count of murder with a gun in connection to the death of his wife on Monday (19May14).

The Shield star was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday (20May14) after calling emergency services to report the shooting of April Jace at their California home.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed the 40 year old died from "multiple gunshot wounds" and coroners officially ruled her death a homicide.

The murder count was formally filed by Los Angeles prosecutors on Thursday (22May14).

The 51-year-old actor, who is being held on $2 million (£1.25 million) bail, is scheduled to appear in court later on Thursday.

According to Tmz.com, he faces 50 years to life behind bars if convicted of the crime.