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Maine Police: Landlord James Pak Shot & Killed Teen Couple Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch over Parking Dispute

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A Maine landlord is behind bars after allegedly shooting and killing a teenage couple during a dispute over a parking space.

James Pak, 74, of Biddeford was arrested on Saturday night after a three-hour standoff and charged with two counts of murder for the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Derrick Thompson and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Alivia Welch. Thompson’s mother, 44-year-old Susan Johnson, was also shot and was rushed to Maine Medical Center for treatment.

Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland told reporters that Johnson called 911 shortly after 7 p.m. to report the fatal shootings. Officers from a state police tactical force then rescued her and a 7-year-old child, who was not harmed, from the two-unit home that Pak had rented one of the units to Johnson since October.

Maine State Police Sgt. Mark Holmquist said that the shooting stemmed from a dispute over where cars should be parked in order to facilitate snow removal. Holmquist told reporters that Biddeford police had responded to a call about a dispute at the home but left. Gunshots were then reported just minutes after the officers departed from the scene.

The AP reports Pak, a stone mason and owner of a landscaping company, holed up in his portion of the house, leading to a three-hour standoff with police.

Neighbors told a local paper that Pak had a notoriously short temper.

The AP reports that Thompson, who had attended Biddeford High School, was an auto detailer at a car dealership. Welch, who graduated from Thornton Academy in Saco, worked at a local coffee shop.

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