Gun charges follow fireman’s death
Ulmschneider killed in April while responding to 911 call in Temple Hills
Prince George’s County grand jurors have indicted a Temple Hills man on gun charges, online court records state, obtained by prosecutors investigating gunshots fired last April at firefighters, including a St. Mary’s man who died.
Darrell Elsworth Lumpkin, 35, is accused of illegally possessing last April a .380-caliber pistol, .40-caliber pistol and .25-caliber pistol after a previous felony conviction, according to the online court records. The prosecutors posted information about Lumpkin’s indictment online, noting that the investigation did not result in charges against him of shooting the firefighters.
John “Skillet” Ulmschneider, 37, was employed as a firefighter and medic in Prince George’s.
“The grand jurors declined to indict [Lumpkin] for shooting” the firefighters, John Erzen II, the communications director for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Thursday. “We put everything in front of the grand jurors. They
got all the evidence and all the possible charges. They had the opportunity to talk to people who were on the scene, or [review their] statements.”
On the night of April 15, Ulmschneider and others responded to a 911 call to check on the welfare of a homeowner in Temple Hills. When Ulmschneider and other first responders determined that they needed to force their way into the residence to find out if the homeowner was OK, according to police and fire officials, the homeowner began firing gunshots that mortally wounded Ulmschneider and injured two other people, including a Morningside volunteer firefighter and a family member of the occupant.
Lumpkin was prohibited from possessing firearms, the prosecutors’ spokesperson said, because of a conviction during the 1980s for an assault offense in Washington, D.C.
“The .380 [-caliber gun was] the weapon that he used in the shooting,” Erzen said.
Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran of the fire department who was normally assigned to a Landover Hills station, lived with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter in a waterside neighborhood in the California area of St. Mary’s. His wife’s parents own a produce farm near Leonardtown, and Ulmschneider sold the produce at two St. Mary’s farmers markets on Saturdays, in Lexington Park and the Hermanville area.
Ulmschneider’s funeral at St. John Francis Regis Church in Hollywood was attended by hundreds of firefighters, more first responders, public officials and other mourners from throughout the region.
The Rev. Raymond Schmidt said at the funeral that he first met Ulmschneider 30 years ago in Clinton, when the child who grew up to be a firefighter was a 7-year-old boy.
Instead of having a chilling effect on first responders called into those situations in the future, Schmidt said that “John’s sacrifice tells them with ever greater resolve to do the right thing, ... for generations to come.”
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said at the funeral, “He lived and died a hero, and will never be forgotten. His memory will live on through his fellow firefighters.”