Son of Meade County sheriff's deputy among victims in fatal triple shooting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three people, including the son of a Meade County Sheriff's Deputy, were killed early Friday in what the Meade County Sheriff's Office called a double murder suicide. Kentucky State Police were calling it a death investigation, but said the public was not in any danger.
A 50-year-old inside the home was identified as Warren Earle Tripp, the live-in boyfriend of the woman who lived in the home. She was identified as 42-year-old Ellen Cain. A 13-year-old who was killed was identified by friends as Tucker Wimpee, Cain's son. Tucker's father is Meade Co. Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Wimpee, who is also a school resource officer at Meade Co. High School.
The shootings happened between 6:50 and 7:00 Friday morning on Otter View Court near Old Mill Road, about two miles from Otter Creek Park.
The Meade County Sheriff says Tripp shot the 13-year-old and then the boy's mother, later turning the gun on himself.
Court documents show that Tucker Wimpee's father tried to get sole custody of him and his sister in 2010, requesting that Tripp only have limited contact with the children, saying he had the potential of mentally and emotionally affecting them the rest of their lives. He was only granted sole custody of the sister.
Kentucky State Police say they had never been called to that home.
Autopsies are to be conducted Saturday.
Friends say the teen wanted to be just like his father.
Family friend Stacy Pike said, "I didn't know what to think. So I got here and seen everything, and was like, wow, this really happened and he's really gone....It's just selfish to me, to take someone else's life just because you're a mess."
Neighbor Ashley Coulter was in shock. "This is too hard to think about," Coulter said. "Why would you do that to a child, and that the child is so innocent, and why would you kill the mother?"
Wimpee's family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg, Ky. to help cover expenses. Family say Wimpee is responsible for both his ex-wife's and son's funeral.
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