Pentagon employee suspected in killing of rookie officer Ashley Guindon, wife held without bail

FOX 5's Alex Limon has new details on the investigation into the shooting that killed a Prince William County police officer, and the shooting suspect's own wife.

(AP) -- An Army staff sergeant charged with killing his wife and a northern Virginia police officer who was on her first day on the job is being held without bail. 

Pentagon worker 32-year-old Ronald Hamilton appeared by video Monday on charges over the slaying of his wife and requested court-appointed counsel. 

Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Lisa Baird ordered him held without bail and appointed public capital defender Ed Ungvarsky over prosecutors' objections. Another appearance in General District Court on charges related to the slaying of Officer Ashley Guindon is set for later in the morning. 
 
Prosecutor Paul Ebert has said he'll likely seek the death penalty against Hamilton. He's charged with capital murder, first-degree murder and malicious wounding.

Hamilton is accused of shooting and killing Officer Ashley Guindon after she answered a domestic violence call at the Hamilton home Saturday evening. Two other officers were hospitalized with injuries.

Hamilton is an active duty Army staff sergeant assigned to the Joint Staff Support Center at the Pentagon, according to Cindy Your, a Defense Information Systems Agency spokeswoman based at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The shooting occurred Saturday evening at Hamilton's home in Woodbridge. Hudson said Hamilton and his wife, Crystal, were arguing and she called 911.

Crystal Hamilton, 29, was also fatally shot by her husband before police arrived, Hudson said. The officers were shot shortly after their arrival, and when additional officers arrived, Hamilton surrendered and came out the front door of the house.

CRYSTAL HAMILTON (PHOTO CREDIT: INSIDENOVA.COM)

Police said their 11-year-old son was at home at the time of the shootings. He is now being cared for by relatives. Police recovered two guns from the scene: a handgun and a rifle.

The injured officers were identified as Jesse Hempen, 31, an eight-year veteran of department; and David McKeown, 33, a 10-year veteran. They are expected to recover, Hudson said. Details about their injuries were not released.

Officer Brandon Carpenter at the county's adult detention center says Hamilton is being held without bond at the jail on charges that include murder of a law enforcement officer, first-degree murder charge, two counts of malicious assault and two counts of use of a firearm during a felony.

Hamilton is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning.

At Inova Fairfax Hospital, where the three officers were flown by helicopter after the shooting, more than 100 patrol cars lined the roads outside early Sunday morning to stand vigil. 

On Sunday night, a vigil was held at the county complex honoring Officer Guindon. Hundreds turned out to pay their respects. 

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AP writer Lynn Tuohy contributed from Concord, New Hampshire.

 


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