UPDATED: Suspected Paradise Twp. Shooter Jailed Without Bail
PARADISE TWP. — The suspected gunman in Tuesday’s killing of a Paradise Township municipal employee is in jail, charged with criminal homicide.
David Green, 72, of Swiftwater, was denied bail for a single count of criminal homicide by Magisterial District Judge Phillip Riley late this afternoon.
The victim, Michael Tripus, 65, of Stroudsburg, the building code official and sewage enforcement officer, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said Green was arrested without incident soon after the shooting. While they are still investigating the motive of the shooting, they stressed that there is no threat to the public.
In a statement, state police confirmed that they responded to the Paradise Twp. municipal building at 8:20 a.m. for reports of “shots fired” inside the building.
State and municipal authorities blocked all of the roads to the township building Tuesday morning.
The building could only be seen through the trees from the parking lot of the Crescent Lodge and Country Inn. At a distance, no significant activity could be seen.
Gary Konrath, chairman of the Paradise Twp. board of supervisors, said Tripus worked for the township.
Approximately four people should have been in the building at 5912 Paradise Valley Road this morning. Konrath said he believes the three others gave statements to the state police.
Konrath also said that Paradise Twp. is a small community of only a few thousand people. Everyone seems to know everyone else. He viewed a picture that circulated early of officers leading a man in custody away from the building and said that he does not recognize who it is.
Konrath said a medical helicopter was called to the scene, but was cancelled as Tripus had already died. Monroe County Coroner Thomas A. Yanac Jr., was called to the scene along with the deputy coroner.
The state police released few details through Tuesday afternoon. They declined to identify the gun used or the number of shots fired, citing the ongoing investigation. It is unclear if Tripus was targeted.R
Trooper Anthony Petroski, a spokesman for the state police in Monroe County, tweeted earlier that the “incident is contained.”
Paradise Township is about 20 miles north of Ross Township, where a gunman opened fire at a Board of Supervisors’ meeting in 2013, killing three.
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