Landlord in Custody After Two Found Shot and Killed Inside Biddeford Apartment

Biddeford - A Biddeford man is behind bars in connection with the shooting deaths of two people Saturday night at the building he owned.
74-year-old James Pak has been charged with two counts of murder after police found two bodies inside the apartment unit he owns at 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford following a nearly three hour standoff with police. 
Detectives say those killed are 19-year-old Derrick Thompson and his 18-year-old girlfriend Alivia Welch.  Another woman, 44-year-old Susan Johnson-- Thompson's mother, is being treated for gunshot wounds at Maine Medical Center in Portland.  Johnson's 6-year-old son, Brayden, was rescued from the home and was not injured.
Johson called 911 to report the shootings just after 7 p.m. and Biddeford police officers entered the apartment and removed her and her son, transporting them to safety.  Pak surrendered after talking to Biddeford and State Police negotiators at around 10 p.m.
Investigators say they are looking into whether a landlord-tenant issue had any connection with the violence.  Johnson and her family moved into the apartment in October. 

Pak remains at the York County Jail and will likely appear in court either Monday or Wednesday.  The two bodies were transported Sunday morning to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta for autopsies.
Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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