An Alabama man was shot in the chest and injured in a gun fight with his wife’s lover who had secretely been living in their home for more than a year.
Frank Reeves, 58, was told by his wife, Tracy, who was high on meth, that there was an intruder in their home in Creola on August 15. The intruder, however, was her lover, Michael Amacker, who was also high on drugs.
The pair got into a gunfight and Reeves was shot in the chest and injured. He returned fire shot Amacker in the leg and elbow. Both men were taken to the hospital and were not seriously hurt, as reported by Fox 10.
Amacker was allegedly able to keep his presence in the home a secret because Tracy provided him with food when he needed it. He also stayed hidden by urinating in bottles and limiting his trips to the bathroom.
Officers later found the bottles of urine in a room where Amacker had been living, accourding to source Chris Murphy.
Frank (not pictured) and Tracy (right) Reeves live on Skidmore Road in Creola, Alabama with Tracy’s lover Michael Amacker (left), although Frank thought he was an intruder when he walked into his home on August 15 around 9pm
Amacker (left) was charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and drug possession. Tracy (right) was also charged with drug possession
Amacker lived in the home with the married couple for more than a year and Frank never had a clue
Neighbors told the news station that the Reeves’ were quiet and didn’t mingle with the community much. When the gunfire rang out one neighbor said he thought it was thunder from an incoming storm ‘because it was so loud and so close’.
Neighbor Kenneth Wilson saw the aftermath and told Fox 10: ‘We saw them bring out the suspect and also the man that was shot, and they both seemed to be okay.
‘They weren’t saying much. In fact the suspect did not say a word – it looked like he was way out of it.’
Tracy was allegedly providing him with food and he stayed hidden by urinating in bottles and limiting his trips to the bathroom
Frank was hit in the chest and Amacker (pictured) was shot in the leg and elbow. Both men were taken to the hospital and were not seriously hurt
According to investigators Tracy and Amacker were high on methamphetamine when the shootout happened.
Officials said Tracy was too intoxicated and ‘incoherent’ to be interviewed at the scene.
Amacker was arrested after he was released from the hospital on Wednesday and charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and drug possession.
No bond was listed in the jail records.
More charges could be coming from ICE because Amacker is already a convicted felon.
Tracy Reeves was also charged with drug possession.
A murder-for-hire plot investigation is underway in an attempt to figure out why she told her boyfriend that her husband was an intruder, according to WKRG.
Officers believe it could have possible been a set-up to get the husband out of the picture considering couple had separated for a short period of time.
Neighbors told Fox 10 that the Reeves were quiet and didn’t mingle with the community much. Kenneth Wilson (right) saw the aftermath an said Amacker ‘looked like he was way out of it’
Amacker (pictured at time of previous arrest) is already a convicted felon and could be facing additional charges
A murder-for-hire plot is under way in attempts to explain why Tracy (left pictured with Amacker) would tell her husband that her boyfriend was an intruder whom she did not know
But according to Mobile County Sheriff’s Captain Paul Burch ‘they appeared to have been working things out’.
Burch told the local news station: ‘People that are on meth – you really can’t apply a normal rationale to their thought process so you always have to take that into account as well.
‘Not only do they have paranoia, they can’t keep their mouth shut. So if there was some kind of diabolical plan it is very possible Amacker has told some other people.’
He also said that this was one of the most bizarre cases he’s ever seen.
‘I’ve still yet to figure out how somebody can be staying in your house and you not know it,’ he said to the local news station.
‘It’s something that I haven’t seen in 30-plus years,’ he added.
Deputies said Amacker is well known in the meth community. He has been arrested multiple times on charges ranging from manufacturing to possessing drugs.