Man Shoots And Kills Firefighter, Is Not Charged


A Prince George's County, Maryland, firefighter-paramedic died and a volunteer firefighter was critically wounded when a man opened fire on them while they were performing a medical welfare check at a home in Temple Hills.

On April 15 around 7:30 p.m., firefighter-paramedic John Ulmschneider, 37, and volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain, 19, responded to a call from a concerned family member who told police a relative was possibly suffering a medical emergency, WTTG reports.

When the pair arrived at the home, there was no answer at the door. As the two were entering, a man inside fired several shots through the door. Both men were hit, as well as the man’s brother who made the call.

Ulmschneider was shot in the chest and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

Swain sustained four gunshot wounds and underwent surgery at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He is in serious, but stable, condition, according to officials.

Two other fire department volunteers were injured while seeking cover during the shooting, ABC News reports.

The man who shot Ulmschneider, Swain, two other volunteers and his brother was taken into custody and questioned.

He was released and no charges have been formally filed, ABC News reports.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sources: WTTG, ABC News / Photo credit: ABC News

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