Police: Suspect Admitted Shooting Municipal Worker

November 28, 2018

PARADISE TWP. — The man charged in Tuesday’s killing of a Paradise Twp. building code official told police he “was under a lot of pressure” with ongoing issues at his township home. David Richard Green, 72, of Henryville, faces a single count of criminal homicide after police said he shot and killed Michael Paul Tripus early Tuesday morning. Police responded to the Paradise Twp. building, 5912 Paradise Valley Road, around 8:20 a.m. for reports of an active shooter inside. Tripus, 65, of Stroudsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot to the mouth. Troopers immediately arrested Green, who was still in the building when police arrived, and took him to the state police barracks in Stroudsburg. During questioning, Green admitted he pulled the trigger and killed Tripus, according to the criminal complaint. He said he had “a lot of little issues including his health” adding up, troopers wrote in a criminal complaint. His previous residence burned down in December 2017, and he was having problems at his new home, including mold in the basement, he explained to police. He also told troopers he drove to the township building that morning to see Tripus, whom he had never met in person. He said he didn’t know what happened but admitted he shot him, according to the criminal complaint. He apologized for hurting the victim and told troopers he wanted to apologize to Tripus’ wife, too. Police interviewed Green’s neighbor, Barbara Snyder, who said Green had problems at his Sugarbush Road home — including mold and septic issues — and struggled to get permits from the township. Police believe this may have been the motive for the shooting. However, Green told police Tripus did not have anything to do with the current issues with his house, and the township worker had been professional with him, according to the complaint. At the preliminary arraignment Tuesday night, Magisterial District Judge Phillip Riley ordered Green to be sent to county jail without bail and, as he was led through a scrum of media in the parking lot outside the court, Green said he was sorry for the killing. “Why did you do it, David?” several reporters shouted at him. “Was it because of mold and permits?” “I don’t know why I did it,” Green said quietly. Green remains in Monroe County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 6. THE MORNING CALL and staff writers JOSEPH KOHUT and DANIEL ROSLER contributed to this report. Contact the writer: flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9100 x5181 @flesnefskyTT

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