The Joint Staff Support Center in Washington, D.C., has confirmed that Ronald Hamilton, 32, an active-duty Army staff sergeant, suspected of a double-homicide, is assigned to the Pentagon. Hamilton has been arrested and charged with murdering one civilian and a rookie police officer who had been on the job just one day.
Officer Ashley Guindon, 28, of the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia, was responding to a domestic disturbance Saturday evening when shots were fired by Staff Sgt. Hamilton. The suspect’s wife, Crystal 29, was also killed in the shooting rampage. Two other police officers were also injured in the shooting. They have been identified as Jesse Hempen, 31, and David McKeown, 33. They both remain hospitalized as of Sunday afternoon.
According to Action News Now, Hamilton is being held without bond at the local 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 slated to be arraigned tomorrow morning.
According to the Hamilton’s Woodbridge neighbors, the couple has an 11 year-old son.
Officer Ashley Guindon was a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. In 2005, Guindon graduated from Merrimack High School in New Hampshire.
This is still an active investigation and additional information is coming in rapidly. It’s unlikely there will be an arraignment statement from Hamilton tomorrow. The name of his attorney has not been released. Domestic disputes remain one of the most dangerous calls for law enforcement.