Va. Cop Sworn In, Killed Next Day; Pentagon Staff Sergeant Held

Ashley Guindon was among 3 officers shot while responding to a domestic dispute
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2016 12:17 PM CST
Va. Cop Sworn In, Killed Next Day
Officers Steven Kendall and Ashley Guindon with Lt. Col. Barry Bernard, deputy chief of the Prince William County, Va., Police Department. Officer Ashley Guindon was shot and killed Saturday, Feb. 28, 2016, and two of her colleagues were wounded.   (Prince William County Police Department)

A police officer was fatally shot Saturday, a day after being sworn in, and two of her colleagues were wounded while responding to a reported argument at a northern Virginia home. A man identified as an Army staff sergeant assigned to the Pentagon has been charged, reports the AP. Officers received a call around 5:30pm Saturday in Woodbridge about a "verbal argument" at the home of Ronald Hamilton, said Sgt. Jonathan Perok of the Prince William County Police Department. The department announced on its Facebook page that Officer Ashley Guindon had died from the injuries she sustained in the shooting; a civilian woman was reportedly killed at the residence before police responded. Hamilton lived there with his wife and 10-year-old son. He's expected to be in court on Monday.

A picture of Guindon was posted to the department's Twitter page Friday with a tweet that read, "Welcome Officers Steven Kendall & Ashley Guindon who were sworn in today & begin their shifts this weekend. Be Safe!" Guindon had been a county police officer a few years ago and had returned to the force, Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, told the AP. Stewart also said there was a child in the house who was not harmed. Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert has authorized a capital murder charge, along with other counts, against the unidentified suspect. At Inova Fairfax Hospital, where the three officers were flown, more than 100 patrol cars lined the roads early Sunday to stand vigil and escort Guindon's body to the medical examiner. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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