Police search for motive in Berrien County murder-suicide


What caused a husband to chase and gun down his wife outside their home?

Michigan State Police are looking for answers in a murder-suicide that occurred Monday morning in Berrien County.

Michigan State Police are investigating a murder-suicide in Royalton Township in Berrien County.

Investigators say 57-year-old David Tripp shot and killed his wife, 42-year-old Delaina Tripp, then turned the gun on himself.

It all played out around 6 this morning, along West John Beers Road, between Hollywood Rd and Lincoln Avenue.

Police dispatch received a call from a driver around 6:13 am saying they saw a man chasing a woman across this road with a gun.

They also say a second 911 call came in from David Tripp saying, "I just killed my wife."

After that, police say the man went back outside and shot himself near his home in the 400 block of W. John Beers Road.

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When officials arrived at the scene they found Delaina Tripp had been run over. Police believe she was struck by a westbound vehicle while she lay dead in the road.

This vehicle is a 1998 through 2002 Honda Accord. The color is unknown, and the vehicle has under carriage damage and is missing the right front inner fender.

Neighbors say the couple kept to themselves. David Tripp has lived in this area for many years.

"Just totally unbelievable for out here," Cindy Diedrich, who lives across from the murder scene says. "I never would have expected it."

Diedrich says the couple recently got married, and kept to themselves.

One woman who just moved into a home in the area three months ago, says she did hear sounds of guns going on this morning.

"During the morning, that particular time of the morning, traffic just starts to pickup, so it was still kind of quiet," Leann Walton says.

"I heard the shots, but I thought someone was trying to scare away coyotes or something, with the open fields and everything. And I know there are some in the area."

Police say Delaina was shot at least once. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

Police search the couple's homes, and found no clues as to why Tripp killed his wife.

Michigan State Police continue to investigate the case. If you have any information on this incident or the vehicle involved, contact the department at 269-683-4411.

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