WASHINGTON — A Maryland man who shot and killed a firefighter and critically injured another will learn his sentence Friday. But he is only facing jail time for the gun he used, not for the life he took.
In April 2016, Morningside firefighters forced their way into a Temple Hills home on an emergency medical call when the homeowner, Darrell Lumpkin, opened fire.
Nineteen-year-old volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain was critically injured, and has since recovered.
His partner, 37-year-old John Ulmschneider of Califonia, Maryland, was killed.
Lumpkin, 62, was indicted in Prince George’s County in July 2016 on six counts related to illegal possession of firearms. A grand jury reviewed the evidence in the case, Alsobrooks said, and declined to return an indictment for murder.
Lumpkin was previously convicted of assault in D.C. in the 1980s and was therefore disqualified from owning weapons, State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County Angela Alsobrooks said.
In addition to the .380 semi-automatic handgun Lumpkin used in the shooting, police also recovered two other handguns — one 40-caliber gun and a 25-caliber gun — from Lumpkin’s home, Alsobrooks said.
The charges carry a maximum of 60 years. Prosecutors have said they want nothing less than a 45-year sentence.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan spoke at Ulmschneider’s funeral saying he lived and died as a hero who will never be forgotten
Hogan and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., each presented Ulmschneider’s family with flags flown over the U.S. and state capitols.
Prince George’s County Fire Department Chief Marc Bashoor also presented survivors with Ulmschneider’s Medal of Valor and meritorious service award.
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