Hollywood Man Said He Killed Wife for Being Disloyal: Police

A Hollywood man accused of killing his wife and setting their apartment on fire before he was injured in a police-involved shooting told a 911 operator he killed her for being disloyal, an arrest affidavit said.

Michael Kai James, 27, was shot multiple times during the Wednesday morning confrontation near his home in the 1300 block of N. 72nd Avenue, according to the report released by Hollywood Police Thursday.

James is facing premeditated murder and arson charges in the incident, which ended in the death of wife Latoya A. James, the report said. It's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

According to the report, Michael James called 911 and told the dispatcher he had shot and killed his wife and would shoot anyone who approached the house. He also said he was wearing a blood covered shirt and had "killed his wife for not being loyal," the report said.

Police set up a perimeter around the house and found James pacing around the front porch. At one point, James began walking toward an officer then started charging the officer, who fired multiple gunshots at James while a police sergeant opened fire with a rifle, the report said.

James was shot multiple times and collapsed. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in stable condition. None of the officers were injured.

When officers asked James if anyone was still inside the home, he said "No it was just me and my dead wife," the report said. When they asked about a gun he replied "There is no gun I stabbed her," the report said.

A SWAT team entered the apartment and found smoke coming from a bedroom, where they found Latoya James stabbed to death on a bed, the report said. The small fire was quickly extinguished.

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