Saturday, April 16, 2016

Firefighter Fatally Shot, Second Wounded Answering Call in Temple Hills

Updated April 16, 2016: This evening, the Temple Hills homeowner who shot three people, two firefighters and the man's brother who responded with the firefighters, has been released from police custody. Detectives continue to investigate the incident and are asking for anyone who may have additional details to contact our CID at 301-772-4925. No charges have been placed at this time.

The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a firefighter in Temple Hills. The fallen Firefighter/Medic is John Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran of the Prince George's County Fire Department. Volunteer firefighter, Kevin Swain, was also shot. He is in serious condition. 

At about 7:30 pm, a relative called 911 expressing concern about a family member who lives in a home in the 5000 block of Sharon Road. PGFD personnel responded to check on the man. Shortly after arriving at the home, the man opened fire, striking two firefighters and the family member who made the initial 911 call. That family member's injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Prince George's County Police officers rushed to the scene and were able to take the shooter into custody. He is being interviewed by detectives. No charges have been filed at this time.

The Prince George's County Police Department extends our deepest condolences for the loss of Firefighter/Medic Ulmschneider. His family and the entire PGFD are in our thoughts and prayers.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online. 

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