Murder-suicide victim was deceased before driver hit her

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Michigan State Police spent Monday morning investigating an apparent murder-suicide that led to the death of a Royalton Township husband and wife.

Around 6:15 a.m., police received a call saying the couple was fighting in the middle of the 400 block of John Beers Road.

They believe 57-year-old David Tripp shot his wife, 42-year-old Delaina Tripp, during the altercation. David then ran to the back of their home and shot himself.

Police say after Delaina was shot, a car traveling westbound ran her over. The driver didn't stop, but part of the car's front fender was left behind.

We learned Tuesday afternoon that the driver of that car has come forward to authorities.

His name has not been released, but he is described as a 29-year-old male from Mishawaka. According to the Michigan State Police, the man contacted the Lincoln Township Police Department after learning that police were searching for him.

The man is being treated as a witness at this time. After a full investigation, all reports will be forwarded to the Berrien County Prosecutors Office for review of any possible criminal charges.

Autopsies were performed Tuesday morning. Preliminary results confirm that Dalaina Tripp was deceased prior to being struck by the car.

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