BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WHAS11) – Just days after a tragic double murder-suicide, documents have been released revealing a troubling custody battle between a Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy and his ex-wife.
Deputy Phillip Wimpee asked a court to grant him sole custody of his son Tucker in 2010 citing concerns over his ex-wife’s Ellen Cain’s live-in-boyfriend Warren Earl Tripp. He requested Tripp only have limited contact with the children saying he had the potential of mentally and emotionally affecting them the rest of their lives.
Deputy Wimpee also cited concerns over his daughter's well being.
Documents revealed inappropriate contact between Tripp and Wimpee’s daughter. She was even hospitalized for emotional distress.
Wimpee was only granted sole custody of her.
Not did these signs and red flags affect Deputy Wimpee but it has affected the Brandenburg community.
"In church we remembered everyone in our prayers," Edna Parr, Meade County resident, said.
"It's especially tragic when law officer’s family is involved," Barry Pollack, Meade County resident, said.
Deputies were called to the home November 15 after receiving a welfare call from Tripp's brother. It's unclear what led him to make that call.
Tripp shot and killed Cain and Tucker then turned the gun on himself.