UPDATE: 2 adults, teenager killed in Meade Co. murder-suicide


by WHAS11


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 17 at 1:26 AM

Meade County triple shooting

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BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky State Police are now calling the three deaths in Meade Co. a murder-suicide.

Police said one gun was found at the scene and they are not going to release the name of the 13-year-old victim.

Three people were found shot to death in Meade County Friday morning, Nov. 15. One of the victims is a 13-year-old boy; neighbors say he's the son of a Sheriff's deputy. He is not involved in the shooting.

It was a phone call early Friday morning that alerted officers to a problem.

"It was somebody, a friend maybe of one of the people inside the house called and asked for a welfare check. I'm not positive exactly where that person was located," KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory said.

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A Meade County Sheriff's deputy went to the house at 370 Otterview Court near Brandenburg. Inside, they found three people shot to death including 50-year-old Warren Tripp, 42-year-old Ellen Cain, and Cain's 13-year-old son with Meade County Sheriff's deputy Phillip Wimpee.

KSP said that Tripp was the shooter, after autopsies were preformed in Louisville on Saturday.

"He wanted to be like his dad when he grew up," Stacey Pike, a neighbor, said. "He would run around chasing the kids and they had a fake jail over there and everything."

Pike says the boy grew up playing with her kids. She was shocked when she heard what had happened Friday morning.

"Till I got her and seen everything and it's like, 'Wow, it's really happening. He's really gone.'"

Police will only call this a death investigation and say they're not looking for a suspect, but they stop short of calling it a murder or a murder-suicide.

Neighbors say they were never aware of problems in the home, but feel the boy was caught in the middle.

"It's just selfish to me. To take someone else's life because of your own mess," Pike said.

Investigators say, based on evidence at the scene, they believe the three died sometime after 7 a.m. on Friday. Investigators say they'll know more about what happened after the autopsies on Saturday. 


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