February 7, 2013

Suspected Biddeford killer sued for at least $1 million

The woman who survived two bullets – and saw her son and his girlfriend slain – says they were harassed for months.

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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A makeshift memorial stands across from 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford, where Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch were shot dead, in this December 2012 file photo.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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In this Dec. 31, 2012 file photo, James Pak, center, appears in York County Superior Court to face charges of fatally shooting Derrick Thompson, 19, and Alivia Welch, 18, in Biddeford. With Pak is his attorney, Joel Vincent, right.

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Johnson later paid the rent, but Armit Pak told her they had to talk, the lawsuit says. The parties were scheduled to talk before Christmas, but Armit Pak came to the tenants' door on Christmas Eve with a plate of cookies and said the talk could wait until after the holidays.

On Dec. 28, the Paks left a note on the apartment door demanding a meeting the next day, the lawsuit says. Johnson and Thompson left a note in reply, asking if they could meet the next week.

When Johnson, Thompson and Welch returned to the apartment on Dec. 29, James Pak met them in the driveway, Johnson's lawsuit says. He called them "filthy animals" and pointed an index finger at Thompson, with his thumb raised in the shape of a gun.

At 6:07 p.m., Thompson called 911, the lawsuit says, and police advised him to stay in the apartment. An officer arrived in a few minutes, speaking first with Johnson and Thompson, then with the Paks.

After a second police officer arrived, the officers concluded that the dispute was a civil matter, not a criminal matter, and should be handled in court. The officers left the home about 6:51 p.m.

Less than a minute later, the lawsuit says, Pak opened the apartment door, said, "I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you all," and pulled a handgun from behind his back.

He fired at Johnson first, hitting her in the back and again in the right arm. He then shot Thompson in the chest at close range and did the same to Welch, the lawsuit says.

He said he would "spare your little boy," referring to Johnson's 6-year-old son, who was in a back bedroom during the shooting.

Johnson called 911, but the two teenagers were dead by the time emergency responders arrived.

The Portland Press Herald has sued the state, seeking the transcripts of the 911 calls made that night and 911 transcripts for all open murder investigations. That lawsuit is pending.

Johnson was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of her gunshot wounds. She was released on Jan. 6 to attend her son's funeral, but has continued physical therapy and counseling and has missed six weeks of work so far, her lawsuit says.

The lawsuit seeks damages to cover "additional medical costs for ongoing treatment ... for months and perhaps years to come," and also for "permanent physical scarring and psychological injuries."

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: James Pak appears in York County Superior Court in Alfred Monday, December 31,2012 to face charges of fatally shooting Derrick Thompson, 19, and Alivia Welch, 18, who were his tenants. With Pak is his attorney Joel Vincent, right.


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