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A shooting at an Alabama home turned out to be a bizarre case of mistaken identity, with the homeowner opening fire on a man who turned out to be having an affair with his wife and was secretly living in the home, according to authorities.
On Aug. 15, Michael Amacker and Frank Reeves exchanged gunfire after Reeves’ wife told him an intruder was breaking into their house, according to local station Fox10. Amacker was struck in the lower leg and elbow, while Reeves was shot in the chest.
Both men survived.
Detectives from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office determined that the wife, Tracy Reeves, had been having an extramarital affair with Amacker and had secretly let him live in a bedroom of the home.
“She had been allowing him to stay within the home for a couple of days, providing him with food,” said Sheriff Paul Burch, according to local station WKRG. “There were bottles of urine in the room which indicated he had been there for a little while.”
After the shootout, Mrs. Reeves sought help from her daughter.
“Mrs. Reeves called her daughter, who lived across the street, or in close proximity,” Burch told Fox10. “Her and her husband came over and then held Amacker at gunpoint, who was trying to flee the scene, until deputies arrived.”
According to Burch, methamphetamine allegedly played a role in the incident, according to WKRG.
Both men were treated in the hospital and released, according to NBC’s 15 News. Amacker was released into the custody of the sheriff’s office. Jail records show he is being held on charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm with altered ID, and possession/receiving of a controlled substance.
Investigators are also looking into whether this could have been a murder-for-hire.
“People that are on meth, not only do they have paranoia, they can’t keep their mouth shut,” Burch told WKRG. “So if there was some kind of diabolical plan, it is very possible Amacker has told some other people prior to or certainly not after the fact.”
On Thursday, authorities also arrested Tracy Reeves while she was at the sheriff’s office to answer questions about the incident, according to 15 News. The sheriff said she appeared to be under the influence and allowed investigators to search her.
They found what appeared to be methamphetamine on her person, according to the sheriff.
“My wife and I have lived here for 13 years,” said a neighbor, Kenneth Wilson, to Fox 10. “ Never, ever seen anything go on like this.”
“It was just a very odd scene to work,” Burch told Fox10. “It’s something that I haven’t seen in my 30 plus years.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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