BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Two people were found dead inside an apartment after a possible hostage situation Sunday at Brook Highland Apartment Complex in northern Shelby County.
Tracy Ford, 42, and Timothy Ackers, 35, have been identified as the two victims. Authorities say the incident appears to be domestic related. Both men had gunshot wounds, with Ackers’ being self-inflicted.
Shelby County dispatch received a 911 call around 6:30 p.m. about an altercation inside a residence. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident was a possible hostage situation and they were "still trying to determine the validity of the call.”
After law enforcement made their way into the apartment complex that is when they found tow people dead. Captain Russell Bledsoe with Shelby County Sheriffs office said, “At that time it became a crime scene investigators remained on scene overnight to try to continue to pinpoint exactly what caused this to end in a tragedy of the death of two individuals.”
Shelby County Sheriff office continues to investigate.
Tracy Ford worked for the Fairfield City Schools district for five years. He started as a principal at Robinson Elementary, and his last job was as Director of Human Resources and Data Analyst.
This is an email sent from Fairfield City Schools.
Dear faculty and staff,
It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Tracy Ford – a respected employee and trusted friend of Fairfield City Schools. Tracy passed away Sunday evening.
Tracy Ford was entering his fifth year with Fairfield City Schools. He joined us as principal at Robinson Elementary School, where he led with remarkable energy and passion for education. He was later promoted to an administrative role as Director of Human Resources and Data Analyst.
Those who knew Mr. Ford will always remember his enthusiasm, kindness to everyone, and unwavering commitment to the service of education. These qualities quickly endeared him to all members of our district’s family.
At this time, we are providing professional counseling services to all employees and students who need them.
His untimely death will leave a lasting mark in all of our hearts. He will truly be missed by us all. We extend our condolences to Tracy’s family, and pray for their healing through this loss.