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Army staff sergeant charged with the murder of rookie Virginia police officer

February 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Army staff sergeant charged with the murder of rookie Virginia police officer

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Authorities have arrested an Army officer who worked at the Pentagon for the murder rookie Virginia police officer and another person.

Virginia Police said 32-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Ronald Hamilton, was booked into the custody of the Prince William County Adult Detention Center and held without bail for the murder of Virginia Police officer Ashley Guindon.

The rookie officer died on her first day on the job after she was shot to death while answering a domestic violence call at Hamilton’s home in Woodbridge, Virginia on Saturday night.

Officers responded to calls of a domestic dispute between Hamilton and his wife around 5:30 p.m. Saturday Night at the couple’s Woodbridge home they share with their son 10-year-old son.

Two other officers remain hospitalized with injuries.

Cindy Your, an Army spokeswoman, based at Fort Meade, Maryland, confirmed Hamilton’s status as an active duty Army officer who works at the Pentagon’s Joint Staff Support Center.

Guindon’s relatives now mourn the second tragic death that has inflicted the family. Her father, David, who served in Iraq with the New Hampshire Air National Guard had recently committed suicide.

Ashley’s grandmother Dorothy Guindon expressed grief at the loss of her granddaughter after having to bury her son.

“He came home from Iraq and just took his life,” Dorothy said. “This is a shock to the family; she was a nice person.”

According to Prince William County, Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert Hamilton’s wife was the victim in the domestic incident.

The three officers were flown by helicopter to the Inova Fairfax Hospital, after the shooting.

After the officer had been pronounced dead, more than 100 patrol cars lined the roads outside early Sunday morning to stand vigil and escorted Guindon’s body to the medical examiner.

Hamilton now faces charges that include the murder of a law enforcement officer, first-degree murder, two counts of malicious assault and two counts of use of a firearm during a felony.

He is set to be arraigned Monday morning.

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