Virginia Police Officer Shot and Killed on Her First Day on the Job

Officer Ashely Guindon;  Photo: Prince William County Police

Officer Ashely Guindon; Photo: Prince William County Police

A Prince William County (VA) police officer was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Saturday night. It was the officer's first night on the job. 

Officer Ashley Guindon, 28, and a training officer responded to the domestic dispute call in the Lake Ridge area of Prince William County at around 5:30 p.m.

When the officers arrived they were fired upon by a man identified as Ronald Hamilton, a U.S. Army sergeant. Officer Guindon died from injuries sustained in the shooting and two other officers on scene were wounded. 

The other injured officers, David McKeown, 33, and Officer Jesse Hempen, 31, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Hamilton was subsequently taken into custody and booked into jail on charges of murder. Hamilton's wife was also found dead in their residence. 

"We ask for everyone's thoughts and prayers as our department deals with this tragic loss," read a statement from the police department following Officer Guindon's death. 

Guindon was a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. and earned her bachelor's degree in aeronautics. She was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. 

Officer Guindon had previous experience as a county police officer but had only days earlier returned to the job. 

A Twitter post by the Prince William County police department welcomed her and another officer onto the force just a day before the fatal shooting. 

The post read, "Welcome Officers Steven Kendall & Ashley Guindon who were sworn in today & begin their shifts this weekend. Be safe!"


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