Man who cops say fatally shot Maryland firefighter released after questioning

Man who cops say fatally shot Maryland firefighter released after questioning
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A man who opened fire on two firefighters carrying out a welfare check at a Prince George’s County, Maryland, home, killing one and wounding the other, was released today after being questioned, police said.

John Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran firefighter, died after he and firefighter Kevin Swain entered a home for a “check on the welfare” call and were shot at by someone inside, the Prince George’s County fire department said.

Ulmschneider, 37, was hospitalized in extremely critical condition with a gunshot wound to the upper body, the fire department said. He died at Med Star Southern Maryland Hospital Center. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

Swain, 19, a volunteer firefighter who was shot four times, underwent surgery at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Surgeons completed the operation early this morning and Swain remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition, officials said.

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