Firefighter shot, killed while responding to welfare check; another seriously injured

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PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Md. – A fire department is in mourning after a 13-year veteran of the department died during a welfare check on Friday night.

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, firefighters and police received a 911 call from a “concerned individual” who was worried about a family member.

When emergency crews arrived at the home, firefighters tried to speak with the man inside, but there was no answer.

According to WRC, the man opened fire when they tried to go into the house.

Two firefighters and the relative who called 911 were hit by the gunfire.

Officials say 37-year-old John Ulmshneider died from his injuries. He was a 13-year veteran of the department and leaves behind a wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

Another firefighter, 19-year-old Kevin Swain, was shot four times and was last listed in serious but stable condition.

“Will it ever end? God, I hope so. But at the end of the day, the men and women of public safety are going to be there when the community needs us. And that’s the reality,” said Prince George’s Police Chief Henry Stawinski.

So far, no charges have been filed and the alleged shooter is cooperating with investigators.

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