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."

Tags: fire, house, gunshot, suicide      
News Headlines
New England Veterans Affairs Reconnect With Berkshires
Pittsfield ZBA Allows Backyard Beekeeping Operation
Adams Officials Hear From Residents on Planned Transfer Station
Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 23-29
Social Media Attacks Take Toll on Mount Greylock Public Servant
Community, Massachusetts House Bids Farewell to Rep. Cariddi
Roberson Leads Team to Giorgi League Win
Egremont Principal Materas Honors Late Student In His Own Way
Telemedicine Initiative Connects SVMC to Specialists Nationwide
PEDA Hoping Site Readiness Grant Will Help Develop Park

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 (16)
Clarksburg (36)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (0)
Florida (6)
Great Barrington (21)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (3)
Lanesborough (23)
Lee (13)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (191)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (218)
Pownal (13)
Readsboro (13)
Richmond (7)
Sandisfield (2)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (30)
State (1)
Stockbridge (5)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (67)
Windsor (3)
Archives:
June 2017 (8)
May 2017 (13)
April 2017 (19)
March 2017 (20)
February 2017 (8)
January 2017 (8)
December 2016 (17)
November 2016 (6)
October 2016 (1)
Tags:
Cocaine Veremko Police Shooting Vehicle Murder Structure Fire Motor Vehicle Drugs Police Investigation Break-ins Fatal Injuries Drug Charges Homicide Fraud Fire Missing Persons Robbery Crime Watch Assaults Pedestrians Armed Robbery Assault Larceny Motor Vehicle Accident Firearms Buglaries Mvi Stabbing Heroin Hit & Run Search Accident Rape
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
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
New Ashford Crash Turns Fatal for Williamstown Man
Donations Reach State Road Fire Victims
Recent Entries:
Mount Greylock Student Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident
Head-On Collision North Adams Leaves One in Critical Condition
Superior Court Briefs: June 12 - June 13
Hoosac Valley Student Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident
Superior Court Briefs: June 7 - June 8
Pittsfield Police: No Cause For Alarm About Missing Teen Reports
Superior Court Briefs: May 31 - June 1
State Police Seek Information on Credit Card Fraud Suspects
Pittsfield Man Charged With Firearms Violations
Superior Court Briefs: May 22 - May 25