L.A. police investigators unlocked an iPhone even before the San Bernardino brouhaha

Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife (April Jace) of The Shield actor Michael Jace, according to court papers reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.

The interesting thing is this happened occurred earlier this year, during the same time that the FBI was demanding that Apple unlock the iPhone 5C of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI eventually said it found another method for unlocking the phone without using Apple.

In March, investigators learned that a forensic cellphone expert could "override" the security features and let authorities view the phone's contents, according to the warrant. A senior investigator with the district attorney's office was able to examine the phone in April, as was Jace's private cellphone expert, according to the Times.

Last week it was reported that the FBI won't reveal to Apple the method it used to hack into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, allegedly because it doesn’t have the rights to the technical data about how the method functions. Apple wants details on the flaw so a fix can be implemented.