Shippensburg man charged with threatening congregation, church in Harrisburg

07 February 2023- A Shippensburg man is charged with a single misdemeanor after allegedly threatening his former church in Harrisburg. Richard Kenneth Ulsh is charged with misdemeanor terroristic threats that cause serious public inconvenience. He is free on an unsecured bail of $10,000.

On January 21st, the Pastor for a Church in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County contacted police with a concern that Richard Ulsh, a former parishioner, told people he was going to come to the church on a Sunday (no specific date or time given) and commit suicide. The pastor told police that Ulsh had received a “no trespass” letter from the church around six years ago after he had allegedly told chucrch members that he had planned on shooting up the church. The pastor was allegedly concerned because Ulsh is ex-military, has access to weapons, and suffers from mental health issues as well as Ulsh’s father recently passing away. Ulsh had allegedly told his sister that he had no reason left to live after caring for his father.. Ulsh allegedly holds animosity towards the church because his ex-wife and child attend the church and he is not on good terms with his ex.

Ulsh was interviewed by PSP-Chambersburg on January 23rd. During the interview, Ulsh allegedly said he had a suicide plan that involved going to the church in Harrisburg, asking the children to leave while services were being conducted, and shooting himself in front of the congregation. Two days later, Police conducted a search of Ulsh’s house and allegedly found a .380 pistol with two full magazines.

Ulsh is free on an unsecured bail of $10,000. His preliminary hearing is set for March 7th.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39304-CR-0000048-2023, Incident Number: PA 2023-98227