Virginia Police Officer Killed One Day After Swearing In, Army SSgt. Charged in Shooting

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Photo of Officer Guidon: Prince William County Police Department

A Virginia police officer was shot and killed Saturday afternoon during her first day on the job. She and two other officers were shot while responding to a domestic-related call.

The Prince William County Police Department announced on Saturday that Officer Ashley Guidon died just hours after beginning her first shift as a police officer after being sworn in on Friday. She and two other officers were shot while responding to a domestic-related shooting that occurred in in Woodbridge, VA. The other two officers are being treated for their injuries at a local hospital, according to a statement from the department posted on Facebook.

UPDATE: Police have released the name of the alleged killer of Officer Guidon. Army Staff Sergeant Ronald Hamilton has been charged in the murders of Officer Guidon and his wife, Crystal Sheree Hamilton, 29, according to ABC News. Mrs. Hamilton was the person who placed the 911 call prior to being shot, allegedly by her husband. The Hamilton’s 11-year-old son was found inside the family home unharmed. SSGT Hamilton serves on active duty in the U.S. Army and is assigned to the Joint Staff Support Center at the Pentagon.

Officer Guidon had been sworn in as a new officer earlier on Saturday. She was working her first day on the job with a training officer, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website.

The department tweeted out a welcome message to Guidon and a fellow officer, Steven Kendall after their swearing in ceremony. It is not known if Kendal or the other officer pictured were involved in the shooting which occurred later that day.

The male subject at the home had allegedly murdered his wife. He reportedly ambushed the officers with a rifle as they approached his home. One of the other wounded officers was her training officer.

The suspect has been arrested and was uninjured in the process. He has not yet been identified, according to a Fox News report. Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebery says he has authorized a capital murder charge against the suspect. Other charges have also been filed.

The wounded officers were all flown by air ambulance to Fairfax Hospital where Guidon eventually died from her injuries.  The two other injured officers are expected to survive their injuries, Fox5 DC reported.

Hours later, hundreds of officers lined the roadway and escorted Guidon’s body from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office.

Guidon graduated from the department’s basic recruit school in June, Fox5 DC reported. She had previously earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. The officer also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Other members of her family also serve in law enforcement.

The Officer Down Memorial Page reports that fourteen police officers, including Officer Guidon, have been killed in the line of duty. Eleven of those have been killed by gunfire, one in an automobile accident, one in an aircraft accident and one by vehicular assault. A complete list of all of those officers killed in the line of duty can be found here.

In the month of February alone, ten officers were killed — nine by gunfire.

Note: This article has been updated with additional information.

Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. He is also a Life Member of the NRA. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.


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