It was a Virginia police officer’s first day on the job. And tragically it was her last.
The Prince William County Police Department welcomed Officer Ashley Guindon to its force on Friday saying “Be safe!”
But Officer Guindon’s very first shift took a tragic turn when she, along with two other officers responded to a domestic disturbance call and unfortunately were met with a hail of gunfire.
Here’s the official Press Release:
The Prince William County Police Department is in deep mourning over the loss of Officer Ashley Guindon. Our sincere condolences go out to Ashley’s family and friends, as well as, our fellow officers and department staff. We are asking for thoughts and prayers as we monitor the conditions of the two officers who remain hospitalized.
We greatly appreciate the overwhelming support we have received from our Prince William County community and from those across the nation and world. We continue to ask for that support as we move forward with making final arrangements to honor Ashley’s sacrifice.
On February 27 at 5:37 PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15000 block of Lashmere Ct in Woodbridge (22192) for an initial report of a domestic altercation. When officers arrived on scene, they approached the front door of the home and were confronted by a suspect, later identified as the accused. The accused was armed with a firearm and opened fire, striking three county police officers who sustained critical wounds.
Additional officers arrived at the residence and the accused surrendered to police without further incident. Officers also provided life-saving first aid to the wounded officers until Fire & Rescue crews could get on scene. All three officers were flown to Fairfax INOVA Hospital where one of the officers, identified as Officer Ashley Guindon, died as a result of her injuries.
After securing the suspect, officers conducted a search of the home and located an adult woman inside deceased from gunshot related injuries. An 11-year old boy was also inside the residence at the time of the incident and fled the home at some point during the encounter. The child was not injured and will be released to the custody of other family members.
The investigation revealed that the accused and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically. The wife was able to contact police; however, before officers could arrive, she was allegedly shot and killed by the accused. The remaining two officers shot during the encounter remain hospitalized at this time.
Following the investigation, the accused was arrested and charged. More information will be released when available. This is Prince William County’s fourth line of duty death since the department’s inception in 1970 and only the second officer to be killed feloniously in the line of duty.
Arrested on February 27:
Ronald Williams HAMILTON, age 32, of 13051 Lashmere Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with 1 count of capital murder of a police officer, 1 count of first degree murder, 2 counts of malicious wounding of a police officer, and 2 counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
Guindon graduated from the county’s police academy in June 2015 after obtaining a degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
She was also a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve service member.
Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends. R.I.P. young lady.
We are seeing more and more of this war on police officers and it needs to stop.
From day one of Obama’s failed presidency, he has fueled the hatred for law enforcement.
Our law enforcement officers lay their lives on the line each and every day.
For that we thank you.
Please be safe out there and may God watch over you all.
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