Firefighters Respond To Call For Welfare Check When The Case Takes HORRIFYING Turn [VIDEO]

Firefighters Respond To Call For Welfare Check When The Case Takes HORRIFYING Turn [VIDEO]

Firefighters responded to a welfare check in DC and for coming to the aid of others, they were both shot. A Prince George’s County firefighter-paramedic died and another volunteer firefighter was wounded when they were shot while making a medical welfare check at a home in Temple Hills, MD Friday night, authorities said. A third person, a civilian, was also shot. 37 year-old John Ulmshneider was a 13-year veteran of the department; he leaves behind a wife and a two year-old daughter. The other firefighter injured in the shooting was identified as 19 year-old Kevin Swain, a firefighter for the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department. The firefighters were responding with police officers to a 911 call for a medical welfare check at a single-family home in the 5000 block of Sharon Road at around 7:30 p.m. Police said a concerned resident called for assistance, believing a relative was possibly suffering a medical emergency inside the home. Just horrific.


From the Independent Journal:

One firefighter was fatally shot and another was left in serious condition after being shot during a welfare check at a suburban Washington, D.C., home Friday night.

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A spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Police Departmentconfirmed that the slain firefighter was 39-year-old John Ulmshneider. He was a 13-year veteran of the department; he leaves behind a wife and two-year-old daughter.

Also shot was 19-year-old Kevin Swain, a volunteer firefighter who was taken by helicopter to a trauma center in Baltimore for treatment.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said the person inside the home did not answer a knock at the door by authorities and a decision was made to enter the house to check on the individual. As they were attempting to enter, the person in the home fired several shots through the door, hitting the two firefighters as well as the concerned relative who made the call. Ulmschneider was shot in the chest and transported to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center where he later died. According to Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesperson Mark Brady, Swain sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he underwent surgery. He is currently listed as being in critical condition. “Once again, unfortunately, I’ve got to go before the people of Prince George’s County and let them know that we have lost another one of our brave firefighters doing what they do every day,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. “These men and women put their lives on the line, and unfortunately tonight, we lost one of them … This is a sad day in Prince George’s County.” The relative was shot in the shoulder, but that person’s injuries are not considered serious. Police said no officer fired any gunshots and the gunman in the home was taken into custody. He is cooperating with police and was being questioned by detectives. No charges have been filed at this time. Why the hell not? He just killed a firefighter and wounded another. People are going to want justice over this one.

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