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Shots fired in caregiver confrontation

by CJ Carnacchio

May 01, 2013

A late night confrontation between a man's former caregiver and his current caregiver ended with gunshots April 25 in the Hidden Lake Estates mobile home park in Addison Township.

Kimberly Ann Trackwell, 47, of Taylor is now facing one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (a four-year felony), one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (a two-year felony) and one misdemeanor count of reckless use of a firearm.

She was arraigned April 29 in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court before Magistrate Nicolas Camargo. She pleaded not guilty and her bond was set at $50,000 with no 10 percent option.

Trackwell is accused of firing multiple shots from a .25-caliber Beretta semiautomatic handgun at a 46-year-old Addison woman when she arrived home in the 100 block of Thornapple Circle.

The alleged victim is the live-in caregiver for the 67-year-old man who owns the mobile home. Trackwell is one of the man's former caregivers.

Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Brudvig, commander of the Addison substation, indicated the man is currently in the hospital, unconscious and hooked up to a ventilator. Trackwell told police he's not expected to return home.

The current caregiver, who was being driven that night by a friend, arrived home between 11:30 and 11:45 p.m. only to discover Trackwell waiting by her doorstep along with another woman, who also used to be a caregiver for the man.

Trackwell allegedly fired some rounds outside in effort to make the current caregiver leave. The current caregiver then ran inside and called 9-1-1 for help. Trackwell followed her and allegedly fired her gun multiple times inside the house.

Trackwell accused the current caregiver of stealing things from her client and throwing unsanctioned parties in his house, Brudvig said. She told police she believes the current caregiver is a drug addict.

Trackwell went to the home in an attempt to motivate the current caregiver to vacate the premises. She admitted to firing her handgun three to four times, but told police she had no intention of actually harming the alleged victim, according to the sergeant. "She just wanted to scare her to get her to move out that's what she says," Brudvig said.

However, Brudvig noted the alleged victim told police Trackwell had come to the house on previous occasions and stated her loyalty to the homeowner was such that "she would kill for" him.

The alleged victim's friend, who had given her the ride home, told police she heard Trackwell exclaim, "I'll shoot you, (expletive)!" right before hearing a "loud noise." This witness reported hearing another loud noise as she was backing up in order to drive away.

"The suspect says she only shot towards her in the house, (she) never shot outside. But there were rounds outside," Brudvig noted. "A (mobile home) across the street (on Crooked Creek Dr.) had a round go into it."

The bullet went through the mobile home's wall and hit a bedroom mirror.

The woman who was waiting with Trackwell, the alleged victim and her friend all told police the suspect fired shots outside the house. Only Trackwell denies it.

Sheriff's investigators recovered four shell casings at the scene, one outside the home and three inside.

None of the shots injured the alleged victim. No one inside the mobile home on Crooked Creek Dr. was injured, either.

"After (Trackwell) realized (the current caregiver) called 9-1-1, she got in her car and left," Brudvig said.

Trackwell was apprehended on Rochester Rd. According to Brudvig, she had "stopped in the middle of the road," exited her vehicle and opened her trunk to place the gun inside when a sheriff's patrol unit pulled up. "That's poetic justice," he said.

The handgun Trackwell allegedly used is neither registered nor listed as stolen, Brudvig said. A tracking request regarding this gun was submitted to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.