MANCHESTER – The families of three women killed in a domestic dispute last year have notified the apartment owner of their intent to sue for letting the man who killed them to live in the building with a record of assault and drug convictions.
Brittany Mills, 28, Kamesha Mills, 23, and Artara Benson, 46, were killed and John Louis Lynn shot himself in an apparent triple murder-suicide at the Dye House Apartments on Pine Street in December 2013.
The families have filed a lawsuit naming the Dye House Apartments and Simon Konover Associates. They are suing for $10 million, alleging that the company should not have allowed Lynn to reside in the apartment with his arrest record, which included assault and drug charges–including an arrest at the apartment complex for a domestic incident involving Brittney Mills. They say the companies knew or should have known about the record, and failed to remove or prevent him from having access which was “a contributing factor in the loss of life,” according to a statement from the family’s attorney.
Officers received reports of multiple gunshots in the area of 190 Pine St. about 9:40 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2013. Police arrived within minutes and confronted Lynn in the parking lot of the apartment building, who was carrying a 13-month-old child.
After a short confrontation with police, the Lynn put the child on the ground and shot himself with a handgun. The toddler was unharmed. A police officer had fired a shot at the man but missed, police said.