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Officers probing Limestone death
Wife says husband shot himself following argument

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

CAPSHAW — Limestone authorities are trying to determine whether a husband who came home for lunch Tuesday and argued with his wife then committed suicide or was killed.

"Any shooting scene like this, we treat it as a homicide until it's proven otherwise," said Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt. "No one is under arrest at this time, but we are looking at gunshot residue and other evidence."

Coroner Mike West identified the husband as Jan Michael Stack, 30, of 27598 Eastland Drive in Capshaw. West pronounced Stack dead at the scene at 1:30 p.m. He said Stack had a gunshot wound from a 9 mm to the right side of his chest. He was on the bedroom floor.

McNatt said Stack came home from lunch and got into an argument with his 23-year-old wife, Amanda.

"They had an ongoing argument that has lasted a few weeks about her working nights and him having to take care of the kids," McNatt said.

Amanda Stack works at a restaurant in Madison, and Jan Stack worked at a bed liner business in Madison.

The wife told authorities that during the argument, her husband went to the garage, got the gun and tied her hands behind her back with a shoestring from their 2-year-old daughter's shoe, McNatt said.

"She said he forced her to the back bedroom and she kept saying, 'Don't shoot me,' " McNatt said. "She said he shot himself, and she freed her hands and got a cell phone and called 911."

McNatt said first responders found her giving her husband mouth-to-mouth.

The couple's daughter and 10-month old son were home at the time but did not see the shooting McNatt said. A neighbor was keeping the children Tuesday evening.

Sheriff Mike Blakely and investigator Leslie Ramsey interviewed Amanda Stack. Chief Deputy Randy King talked to Jan Stack's co-workers, who said he had been depressed.

"One co-worker planned to get him to see a counselor (Tuesday night)," McNatt said.

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