Couple sought in Riverside shooting found dead

Couple sought in Riverside shooting found dead

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Christian Stipes' body was found near a set of railroad tracks in Riverside on Monday. She was apparently hit and killed by the train. Source: WBRC video Christian Stipes' body was found near a set of railroad tracks in Riverside on Monday. She was apparently hit and killed by the train. Source: WBRC video
Wesley Westcott's body was found in a pond in Riverside on Wednesday. Source: WBRC video Wesley Westcott's body was found in a pond in Riverside on Wednesday. Source: WBRC video
RIVERSIDE, AL (WBRC) -

Police in Riverside believe they have solved the case of a non-fatal shooting after the bodies of a husband and wife were discovered in separate areas.

On Sunday, Donald Littlefield reported to officers he had been shot in the legs by his stepson, Wesley Westcott, age 20. Officers started looking for Westcott and his wife, 18-year-old Christian Stipes, in connection to the shooting.

Stipes' body was discovered next to a set of railroad tracks during the early hours of Monday, Sept. 2. Investigators say it appears she was struck by a train while walking along the tracks.

Police searched for Westcott for two days, looking in nearby woods and checking licenses at traffic stops. Westcott's body was eventually located in a pond near city hall around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Investigators believe the deaths may involve suicide or could be accidental. Police say they have no reason to believe either person died from foul play.

Riverside's police chief Rick Oliver called the case a domestic incident.

"The victim is at the hospital, and then the suspect is no longer with us. So that closes our case," Chief Oliver said.

Autopsies will be performed on both bodies to determine the causes of death.

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