Guilty Plea Entered in Fatal Shooting of Prince George’s County Fire Fighter

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930     @PGFDPIO


A Temple Hills man that shot 3 people entering his home to check on his welfare pled guilty to one felony charge on Friday, January 20, 2017.  The man shot and killed Prince George’s County Fire Fighter John “Skillet” Ulmschneider, critically wounded Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin Swain and wounded his own brother on April 15, 2016.

While no charges were placed against the man for the assault and death, a Grand Jury did indict him on several charges related to possessing a weapon while having a previous felony charge on his criminal record.

In an Upper Marlboro Court Room on Friday with Skillets wife; Dawn, family members and friends, Chief Deputy Ben Barksdale, Assistant Fire Chief Alan Doubleday, IAFF Local 1619 President Andrew Pantelis as well as Morningside Volunteer Fire Fighter Kevin Swan and family members present, the accused pled guilty to a single felony count of weapon possession which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.  Sentencing is set for March 31 at 1:30 pm.

Original PGFD LODD Statement.

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