Ex-Brampton Fire Captain Charged With Wife's Murder

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Ex-Brampton fire captain charged with murder of his wife

James Schwalm is charged with second degree murder following the death of his wife in the Blue Mountains on January 26.

A former Brampton fire captain has been charged of second degree murder after the death of his wife last January in Blue Mountains.

James Schwalm, 38, of Collingwood, was arrested Thursday, according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The body of his wife, Ashley Schwalm, 40 year-old, also of Collingwood, was found inside an SUV after the vehicle crashed on January 26.

A gray-colored Mitsubishi Outlander SUV was heading north on Arrowhead Road, just south of Highway 26, when it left the road before 5:55 a.m. on January 26. The vehicle then descended a slope, before coming to a stop and catching fire, according to an OPP statement released Friday.

A deceased person was at the inside the vehicle, police said.

James Schwalm, who was also charged with insulting a dead body, was questioned on Friday, but police say there is a ban in effect on the publication of evidence.

Authorities have also not confirmed whether Ashley Schwalm died from the crash or fire, or whether she died before the vehicle left the road.

According to Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Mr. Schwalm was promoted to fire captain in February 2019.

James Schwalm in ceremonial uniform in 2017.

The City of Brampton said the firefighter was notified of a dismissal for reasons of the collective agreement and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

Our priority is the safety, health and well-being of employees and the community, the city said in the statement.

The The City is taking every step to ensure Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team members and employees across the organization have the necessary supports, she added.

The City offered its condolences to family and friends.

A Investigation is ongoing and the Collingwood OPP is asking anyone with information to contact them at 705-445-4321, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

With information from CBC