Wounded Maryland volunteer firefighter expected to survive shooting

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 16, 2016 12:19 PM

(Reuters) - A Maryland volunteer firefighter critically wounded by gunfire that killed a colleague is expected to survive, Prince George's County authorities said on Saturday.

19-year-old Kevin Swain, a volunteer firefighter in Morningside, Maryland, underwent surgery after he was shot multiple times.

John Ulmschneider, a 37-year-old firefighter and medic, died as a result of his injuries at a hospital late on Friday, the local fire department said in a news release.

The firefighters were responding to a call on Friday to check on the well-being of a man whose relatives had been unable to reach him, Prince George's County police said on Facebook.

When no one answered the door, the firefighters began forcing their way into the house, Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said.

Several shots were fired from inside, striking both firefighters and the family member, whose injuries were non-life threatening.

The shooter surrendered and was taken into police custody, authorities said.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.; Editing by Alexander Smith)