The man who shot and killed a Maryland firefighter, believing he was a home-intruder, is now being formally charged.
The homeowner is facing several gun charges, according to a grand jury indictment handed down Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post reported.
Law enforcement sources say the homeowner was not legally permitted to own guns “due to a previous assault charge.” He’s not being charged for the fatal shooting itself, NBC 4 reports.
The gunman is diabetic and his brother reportedly feared he was having a seizure or some other medical emergency on April 15, when he went to the home with 2 firefighters from Prince George’s County.
When there was no answer, the first responders forced their way into the Temple Hills home and that’s when John Ulmschneider, a 13-year vet of the dept, was shot and killed. The 19-year-old volunteer who was with him, was shot 4 times, but survived.
The homeowner who opened fire – believed his house was being broken into and told police he was acting in self-defense.
While changes will likely be made in the dept to prevent tragedies like this from happening again, Prince George’s fire chief said that his men did exactly what they were trained to do on that April day.
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