Home About Archives RSS Feed

Police Probe Suicide, Arson Case

Staff Reports

POWNAL, Vt. — A Pownal man apparently set fire to his home before killing himself on Wednesday night.

State police and the office of the chief medical examiner are investigating the death of Hans J. Schiermeyer, 53, of 519 State Line Drive. Schiermeyer's death is believed to have been the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred during the evening of June 2.

Schiermeyer's body and a firearm were found by firefighters battling the blaze at the single-family home off Route 7 near the Massachusetts border.

The fire was reported at about 9:30 p.m. and firefighters found the home completely engulfed, according to state police. Nobody else was discovered at Schiermeyer's home, which was completely destroyed by fire.

According to Det. Sgt. Robert Patten: "Shortly before the reported fire, Schiermeyer's wife contacted state police, seeking an escort to her home. Schiermeyer's wife conveyed that while returning from an out-of-country trip, Schiermeyer had threatened in a telephone conversation that he was going to set their house on fire and kill himself in the process."

An autopsy was to be conducted Thursday.

Pownal firefighters were reportedly aided by Bennington and Williamstown, Mass., fire departments.

Schiermeyer had been a pilot for the Steiner family in Williamstown at one time. He held an airline transport pilot license, the highest rated license for a pilot, and was given a second class medical rating in December.

A native of Rietberg, Germany, he had become an avid skydiver in recent years. On his profile on Skydivernetwork.com, he describes his relationship status as "It's complicated."

0 Comments
Tags: fire, house, gunshot, suicide      
News Headlines
Mount Greylock School Looking For Regionalization Vote This Fall
North Adams Eyes Tax Title Sales For Tax Relief, Engineering
Compass Rose to Be Painted at North Adams Airport In May
Muraca Buys Nuclea Assets, Starts New Company
BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
Berkshires Beat: Humane Race Kicks Off Spring
Biz Briefs: Berkshire Money Management Moving to Dalton
Norman Rockwell Museum Receives Donation from Chubb Following Return of a Stolen Painting
BMC Achieves Straight A's for Patient Safety

Police Logs

Pittsfield Police

North Adams

Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
413-743-
4700
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263

 



Categories:
Adams (58)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (15)
Clarksburg (35)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (0)
Florida (6)
Great Barrington (20)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (3)
Lanesborough (23)
Lee (13)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (187)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (211)
Pownal (13)
Readsboro (13)
Richmond (8)
Sandisfield (2)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (30)
State (1)
Stockbridge (5)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (66)
Windsor (3)
Archives:
April 2017 (16)
March 2017 (20)
February 2017 (8)
January 2017 (8)
December 2016 (17)
November 2016 (6)
October 2016 (13)
September 2016 (12)
Tags:
Missing Persons Homicide Police Cocaine Buglaries Larceny Injuries Assaults Structure Fire Heroin Mvi Veremko Motor Vehicle Crime Watch Vehicle Shooting Fraud Fatal Rape Armed Robbery Hit & Run Police Investigation Drug Charges Crash Pedestrians Motor Vehicle Accident Break-ins Accident Fire Assault Search Drugs Stabbing Robbery Murder
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
New Ashford Crash Turns Fatal for Williamstown Man
Donations Reach State Road Fire Victims
Recent Entries:
Cheshire Man Killed In Head-on Collision in Windsor
Husband's Ex-Girlfriend Charged in Case of Missing Clarksburg Woman
Superior Court Briefs: April 18 - April 20
Pittsfield Police Arrest Man After Chase On Pomeroy Avenue
Crane Operator Killed in Vermont Construction Accident
Four Arrested on Gun, Drug Charges After Pittsfield Car Chase
North Adams Fire Battles Eagle Street Blaze
Great Barrington Fire Douses Blaze at Mill Complex
Police Investigating Shooting in Pittsfield
Husband of Missing Clarksburg Woman Found Dead