TEMPLE HILLS , Md., April 17 (UPI) — A man who allegedly shot at a fire department crew arriving at his Maryland home, killing one firefighter and critically injuring another, was released by police.
The suspected shooter, who remains unidentified, was taken into custody and released after questioning, since no charges were filed, a police spokesman said.
John Ulmschneider, a veteran of 13 year of the Prince George’s County Fire Department, died Friday, after was shot after entering the home in Temple Hills, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C.
Firefighters arrived after receiving a routine request from the resident’s brother, who was worried because his brother, who has blood sugar issues and had recently passed out, was not responding to telephone calls. Police said the fire department crew entered the house after forcing open a door and was met with gunfire.
Ulmschneider was accompanied by another firefighter, Kevin Swain, 19, who was shot four times. He remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition. The brother of the alleged shooter was also shot during the incident, police said, adding the shooting stopped when police arrived.
The brother was not seriously injured.
Mark Brady, fire department spokesman, said a call such as Friday’s is typical of the fire department’s work when someone’s safety is concerned.
“The firefighter medics made a decision that this was indeed a reason they needed to get into that house as soon as possible. Time could have been of the essence,” Brady said.