Virginia policewoman killed on her 1st day on job; Army sergeant charged

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Feb 28 (Reuters) - An off-duty U.S. Army sergeant stationed at the Pentagon has been charged with fatally shooting a Virginia police officer on her first day on the job as she responded to a domestic disturbance at a home outside Washington, authorities said on Sunday.

Ashley Guindon, 28, an officer with the Prince William County Police and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, died of her wounds after being shot on Saturday evening, a day after she was sworn in as a member of the force, the department said.

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Two other officers, Jesse Hempen, 31, and David McKeown, 33, were also shot during the altercation and remained hospitalized, Chief Steve Hudson said during a news conference.

Guindon, Hempen and McKeown were shot at a home they were called to in Lake Ridge, about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Washington, the county police department said.

Inside the home, police found a woman shot to death and an 11-year-old, who was unharmed, Hudson said.

Army Sergeant Ronald Hamilton, 32, who is stationed at the Pentagon just outside Washington, has been charged in the shooting and was being held without bond, Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert said.

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This undated photo provided by the Prince William County Police shows Officer Ashley Guindon. Ronald Williams Hamilton is being held without bond in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center on charges that include murder of a law enforcement officer, Guindon. (Prince William County Police via AP)
A photo provided by the Prince William County Police Department shows, from the left, Officer Steven Kendall, and Officer 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 in a confrontation stemming from a call about an argument. Guindon and Kendall were sworn in on Friday, and Guindon was working her first shift with the Prince William County Police Department when she was killed. (Prince William County Police Department via AP)
Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson, left, speaks during a news conference next to a picture of Ashley Guindon at Western District Station, in Manassas, Va., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, about a fatal shooting Saturday evening. Ronald Williams Hamilton is being held without bond in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center on charges that include murder of a law enforcement officer, Guindon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Prince William County Police Sgt. Jonathan L. Perok displays a picture of Officer Ashley Guindon before a news conference at Western District Station, in Manassas, Va., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. Ronald Williams Hamilton is being held without bond in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center on charges that include murder of a law enforcement officer. He is accused of shooting and killing Guindon after she and other officers answered a domestic violence call at the Hamilton home Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
More than 100 patrol cars line the roads outside Inova Fairfax Hospital early Sunday morning, Feb. 29, 2016, to stand vigil and provide escort to the medical examiner for the body of slain Prince William County police officer Ashley Guindon, who was shot and killed Saturday responding to a domestic violence call. Two other officers were also shot and taken to the hospital. Guindon had been sworn in as an officer on Friday. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
Police remain on the scene late Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, on Lashmere Court in Dale City, Va., where three Prince William County police officers were shot responding to a domestic violence call. Police said Officer Ashley Guindon died in the shooting. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
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My heart breaks. This is every rookie's worst nightmare. This is that thing you assure your mom won't happen when you hear her anxiety as you get off the phone and head into work on your first night of field training. This was her first night in the field. Her potential was stolen. Rest in Peace. From the Heroes Memorial Foundation: Officer Ashley Guindon did not survive her injuries after being confronted by a gunman on a domestic abuse call. The incident was in the 13000 block of Lashmere Court in Woodbridge. She was on her first shift with her FTO. Two other officers were injured in the onslaught, they were flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital with Guindon. http://www.goheroes.us/law-enforcem…/-officer-ashley-guindon #thinblueline #officerdown #endofwatch #ashleyguindon #princewilliamcounty #weseeyou #everydayhero #rip #stopdomesticviolence #tragicloss #policewoman #mourning #nevergetseasier #sisterhood #below100
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Hamilton was expected to be arraigned on Monday, Ebert said.

"It's a sad day for everyone in this room. It's a sad day for law enforcement," Ebert said during the press conference standing next to a photo of Guindon.

Guindon was a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she earned a degree in aeronautics. She also served in the Marine Corps Reserve and has family members in law enforcement, according to the county.

The officer was a 2005 graduate of Merrimack High School in New Hampshire, the principal, Kenneth Johnson, said in a statement.

Guindon interned with the department's forensics services section while she was in graduate school. She graduated in June 2015 from the police academy, but resigned during officer field training for personal reasons. She was hired back about two weeks ago, Hudson said.

"We were struck by her passion to do this job," Hudson said. "She clearly had a passion to serve others."

On Sunday, the department posted a photograph of a black ribbon draped over a squad car in honor of Guindon.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God," the post said.

Local media showed a procession of squad cars and officers standing at attention outside of Inova Fairfax Hospital where Guindon and two other officers where brought after they were shot.

On Friday, the department sent a message on Twitter that included a photo of Guindon and a fellow officer after they were sworn in, saying that she would be working her first shifts over the weekend and adding "Be safe!"

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; additional reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Richard Borsuk, Paul Tait and Ros Russell)

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