Funeral Held for Firefighter Shot and Killed in Maryland

Hundreds gathered for a final farewell for the fallen Maryland firefighter they affectionately called "Skillet."

John Ulmschneider, a Prince George's County firefighter and a husband and father, was shot and killed while checking on the condition of a Temple Hills homeowner.

Gov. Larry Hogan, County Executive Rushern Baker and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor spoke at his funeral Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Parish in Hollywood, Maryland, followed by a private family burial.

The brother of the man who lived there told authorities he was concerned about the man. When the firefighters arrived, the person inside was unresponsive, so they decided to force entry. As that was happening, the person inside fired several rounds. Another firefighter, Kevin Swain, and the shooter’s brother were injured in the shooting.

No charges were filed against the homeowner, who police said opened fire. Police said the man believed his house was being broken into and fired in self defense. He was questioned and released.

An investigation is ongoing.

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