University of Houston Deputy Fire Marshal Charged in Shooting Death of Volunteer Firefighter

An 18-year-old Texas firefighter is dead, and a deputy fire marshal is charged with manslaughter.
Joshua Hahn (Waller County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Shooting occurred at a party Sunday in Waller County

FirefighterNation Staff

WALLER COUNTY, Texas – KAGS reports that the Waller County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a University of Houston deputy fire marshal in the shooting death of an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter.

Joshua Hahn is accused of killing Douglas Smith on Sunday, May 23. Hahn has been charged with manslaughter.

The two were allegedly at a party when the shooting happened.

The sheriff’s office said the shooting happened just before 8 p.m. in northern Waller County and that Smith died at the scene.

Hahn joined the UH Fire Marshal’s Office in 2018. He is also a forensic photographer and administrative trainer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program, and he is also a volunteer firefighter in Waller County.

Smith was a volunteer firefighter with the Tri-County Fire Department A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral expenses.

Funeral services have not yet been set and the investigation remains ongoing.

Hahn remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

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