UPPER MARLBORO – It was almost one year to the day when Prince George's County paramedic John Ulmschneider was shot and killed as he entered a Temple Hills home to check on the welfare of Darrell Lumpkin.
It was standing room only in an Upper Marlboro court room as firefighters, friends and family members were present for the sentencing of Lumpkin, who shot Ulmschneider and volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain as they entered his home. Lumpkin was having a diabetic emergency and thought a home invasion was taking place.
On Friday afternoon, a judge sentenced Lumpkin to four years in prison with five years of supervised probation for illegal gun possession.
“In July, a grand jury was unable to return a murder verdict, but was able to return six gun charges against Lumpkin,” said Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “Mr. Lumpkin was not legally allowed to own guns due to a previous assault charge in the 1980s.”
After being shot, Ulmschneider was transported to Southern Maryland Trauma Center in Clinton, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Swain was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body. Swain was hospitalized for several weeks before being released.
“There is nothing that will change the outcome of this tragedy,” said Prince George's County Fire Chief Benjamin Barkesdale. “This is the system that we have to live with. It was a surprise to me with what he received. We thought it would be something less.”
In court, Lumpkin apologized to the judge and others.
“The judge has done justice in this case and hopefully brought a measuring of healing to the Ulmschneider family,” Alsobrooks said.