Ashley Guindon, a rookie police officer, was shot dead while responding to a domestic call in Woodbridge, Virginia, last Saturday. Two other people were injured in the shooting, Officer Jesse Hempen and Officer David Mckeown. It was her first day on the job.
Saturday 27, Ronald Williams Hamilton was having an argument with his wife, Crystal Hamilton, aged 29. The verbal conflict grew up to become physical and Ms. Hamilton called 911.
The police issued the domestic call and Officers Ashley Guindon, Jesse Hempen and David McKeown responded to it. At 5:30 pm, the officers were approaching the front of Hamilton’s house when they were shot multiple times.
In the shooting, Guindon was fatally wounded and the other 2 were injured. Minutes later, backup officers arrived the scene to assist the first party, they took control of the situation and Mr. Hamilton surrendered himself to them.
After arresting Ronald Hamilton, the police officers found the dead body of Crystal Hamilton inside the house, apparently, she was shot dead long before the first officers arrived the house. In addition, they found 2 firearms; a .45 handgun and a rifle.
The couple had an 11-year-old son who fled the scene unharmed before the shooting. Friends and relatives are in the custody of the child.
Ashley Guindon was 28 at the moment, she had taken the oath the day before, becoming part of the Prince Williams County Police Department.
The other 2 officers, Jesse Hempen, aged 31 and David McKeown, aged 33, were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Their wounds are not fatal and they are thought to have a full recovery without major complications.
Ronald Williams Hamilton, aged 32, is the main suspect in the case. He is an Army staff sergeant assigned to the Joint Staff Support Center at the Pentagon, declared Cindy Your of the Defense Information Systems Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Hamilton is charged with one count of capital murder of a police officer, one count of first-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding of a police officer and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
The day before the shooting, the Prince William County Police Department posted a picture on Twitter welcoming Officers Steven Kendall and Ashley Guindon to the force. She is the 4th officer killed in the line of duty since 1970 in the history of the department.
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