Published On: Tue, Dec 10th, 2013

Connecticut murder suicide: John Lynn identified as killer of Brittany Mills, Kameisha Mills and Artara Benson

Police have identified the man suspected of shooting three women in Manchester before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities state that John Lynn, age 41, shot and killed Brittany Mills, age 28, and Kameisha Mills, age 23, both of Manchester; and Artara Benson, age 46, of Union Township in Union County, New Jersey. Lynn then turned the gun on himself.

Lynn was the father of Brittany Mills’ 13-month-old son, relatives said, and the three women were cousins.

WFSB chronicled the scene: Within two minutes of receiving the emergency call, police arrived at the parking lot of the Dye House Apartments to find a man, who was later identified as 41-year-old John Lynn, armed with a handgun and holding his 13-month-old son named Jace.

According to police, Lynn put the toddler on the ground and then got into a “very brief confrontation” with officers.

Lynn shot himself in front of the officers, killing himself, police said.

Jace was not injured but taken for evaluation at a nearby hospital, police said.

“It should be noted that the officers’ quick response to the scene prevented the suspect from being able to flee with the child and likely saved the child’s life,” police said in a release Sunday.

None of the officers were injured. However, one did fire at Lynn, but police believe the officer missed the suspect.

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

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