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Funeral Arrangements Announced for Prince William Co. Police Officer Ashley Guindon

February 28, 2016 | VACP

News Image The VACP recommends that all Va. law enforcement officers shroud their badges in honor of Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon through the day of her funeral — Tuesday, March 1.

Our sincerest condolences to Officer Guindon's family and friends and to the Prince William County Police Department.

ASHLEY GUINDON BIOGRAPHY

We also send our thoughts and prayers to the two Prince William Coutnty police officers wounded in the same incident Saturday night and to their families. They have now been identified as Officer Jesse Hempen, 31, and Officer David McKeown, 33. Both remain hospitalized but are expected to recover.

ARRANGEMENTS

Viewing & Funeral — March 1, 2016 (Tuesday)

  • Viewing from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Service at 12:00 noon

Location for Viewing & Service
The Hylton Memorial Chapel
14640 Potomac Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (EXIT 56 off I-95)

PLEASE NOTE: The general public is welcome; however there are space limitations, so arrive early if you want to attend. PWCPD is also hoping to live stream the service. The department appreciates the outpouring of support during this difficult time.

**Special Information for Law Enforcement planning to attend will be coming over VCIN.**

Officer Ashley Guindon Memorial Fund (Updated)

In response to the outpouring of generosity from friends around the world, the Prince William County Police Association has created an account for anyone that wishes to donate money to the family in memory of Officer Ashley Guindon. The Association will be receiving all funds and then sending them directly to Ashley’s mother. If possible, checks should be made payable to “PWCPA in memory of OFC Ashley Guindon.”  

You are welcome to stop by one of PWCPD's stations with a donation; or, mail directly to:

Prince William County Police Association
Officer Guindon Memorial Fund
P. O. Box 1845
Manassas, VA 20108


Prince William County Police Department Press Release


Officer Ashley Guindon


Officer Jesse Hempen


Officer David McKeown

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 5:37PM, 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 captial 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

Identified:
Crystal Sheree HAMILTON, age 29, of Woodbridge

Fallen Officer:
Prince William County Police Officer Ashley GUINDON, age 28
Last evening was Officer Guindon's first shift after being sworn-in as a police officer on February 26.

Wounded Officers:
Prince William County Police Officer Jesse HEMPEN, age 31, an 8.5 year veteran of the police department
Prince William County Police Officer David MCKEOWN, age 33, a 10 year veteran of the police department

 

 

 

 

 


Man charged in killing of Va. police officer day after she was sworn in is identified as Army sergeant

From The Washington Post

The Army staff sergeant charged with killing one Prince William County police officer and injuring two others on Saturday opened fire as they arrived at his front door to investigate a domestic altercation, the Prince William County police chief said Sunday.

Chief Stephan M. Hudson said at an afternoon news conference that Ronald Williams Hamilton, 32, also shot and killed his wife in their Woodbridge home, before the officers arrived on the scene. Crystal Hamilton, 29, had placed the initial call to police.

“A subject inside the home opened fire striking three officers who sustained critical wounds,” Hudson said. “Additional officers arrived at scene and secured subject.”

Hudson said the two injured officers, Jesse Hempen and David McKeown, remain hospitalized and are expected to recover.

Prince William County prosecutor Paul Ebert said at the news conference that he is considering pursuing the death penalty against Hamilton, who is currently facing six charges including murder of a police officer and first-murder.

Hudson said Officer Ashley Guindon succumbed to her injuries Saturday evening, while undergoing treatment at Fairfax Inova Hospital. Guindon was on her first street patrol, after being sworn in as an officer Friday.

The shooting happened around 5:40 p.m. in the 13000 block of Lashmere Court in Woodbridge, almost as soon as officers arrived, Hudson said. Police said the couple’s 11-year-old son was in the home at the time of the incident and fled the home at some point during the encounter. He was not injured and has been placed in the care of relatives.

Police said Hamilton and his wife were involved in a day-long verbal altercation that escalated physically.

Hamilton’s family and the Army said he was an active-duty staff sergeant based at the Pentagon and worked in information technology. He is being held without bond and is scheduled to arraigned Monday.

All three officers were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital after the shooting.

The alleged gunman’s father, Ronald Williams Hamilton, a retired major with the Charleston, S.C. Police Department, said in a brief interview with The Post that he and his family learned about the shooting Saturday night and are shocked.

He said he does not know any details about the shooting, but said his son had a “very good upbringing.” The elder Hamilton said his son joined the Army at age 18.

“We are grieving the same as all the people in Prince William County, as well as the law enforcement community across the United States,” Hamilton said. “Ronald has always been a calm person and a very friendly person. He had a bright future with the Army and military. We express our thoughts and condolences to everyone who is affected.”

Guindon was identified in reference material as a graduate of ­Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and had relatives in law enforcement.

“This is the third call for shooting I’ve had since I’ve been in the office,” Ebert said. “It always takes a toll on the department. It’s a tragedy.”

Guindon worked for a time at a funeral home because she was thinking about becoming a medical examiner, a former co-worker said. Danielle Everly, who is a funeral director at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, said she and Guindon overlapped for about three months when Everly was a funeral director apprentice and Guindon was an assistant at the Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax City.

“She was a very kind and compassionate person,” Everly said Sunday morning. “Always smiling. Very pleasant to be around.”

As part of her duties, Guindon would assist in greeting and helping mourners, and she would sometimes accompany a funeral director to the medical examiner’s office. But she was not licensed or experienced enough to assist in preparing bodies for burial.

Online information indicated that Guindon graduated from Merrimack High School in New Hampshire in 2005 and had held a license to fly historical aircraft. A person familiar with her Marine Corps service said she held the rank of corporal and was assigned to a unit at Bolling Air Force Base involved with sending home the remains of fallen Marines.

The slain officer had been assigned to patrol duty in the eastern part of the suburban Virginia county.

Zacarius Harris, 18, said he saw Hamilton’s 11-year-old son running away from the house, wearing a T-shirt and basketball shorts. He was looking back at the houses as he ran down the street. The boy ended up at a neighbor’s.

“He ran so fast I can’t even imagine how scared he must have been,” Harris said.

“It broke my heart,” he said.

A woman who lives on Lashmere Court said she was visiting a neighbor and heard sounds, but did not think gunfire could have broken out on her quiet and close-knit street.

“We never thought it could be shots,” Maritza Gutierrez said.

She said she heard “boom, boom, boom. Something like that.” It was, she said, “very quick.”

Then emergency personnel arrived, and she looked outside to determine what had happened.

She said she saw someone, apparently one of the wounded officers, lying prone on a lawn. Emergency personnel were administering aid.

Finally, Gutierrez said, the patient was taken to an ambulance.


Officer fatally shot on her first day on street in Prince William County, Va.

From The Washington Post

A Prince William County police officer was shot and killed Saturday evening on her first day on the street when she responded to a call about a possible domestic matter, authorities said.

Two other officers were shot and wounded.

The slain officer was identified by police as Ashley Guindon. No information was available about the other two. All three were flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

One person was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, but no information about the individual had been released as of late Saturday.

The gunfire broke out about 5:30 p.m. in the 13000 block of Lashmere Court, a relatively short residential street in the Woodbridge/Lake Ridge area south of the county government administration center.

Guindon was identified in reference material as a graduate of ­Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., who held a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and had relatives in law enforcement.

Online information indicated that she graduated from Merrimack high school in New Hampshire in 2005, and had held a license to fly historical aircraft. A source familiar with her Marine Corps service said she held the rank of corporal and was assigned to a unit at Bolling Air Force Base involved with sending home the remains of fallen Marines.

The slain officer had been assigned to patrol duty in the eastern part of the Virginia suburban county. A police tweet indicated that she had been sworn in only Friday.

The nature of the domestic disagreement that brought the officers to the site was not made clear.

However, Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), who is chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, said a woman apparently was killed in connection with the incident.

Sgt. Jonathan Perok, a police spokesman, said he could not confirm that account.

A woman who lives on Lashmere Court said she was visiting a neighbor and heard sounds but did not think gunfire could have broken out on her quiet and close-knit street.

“We never thought it could be shots,” said Maritza Gutierrez.

She said she heard “Boom, boom, boom. Something like that.” It was, she said, “Very quick.”

Then emergency personnel arrived, and she looked outside to determine what had happened.

She said she saw someone, apparently one of the three wounded officers, lying on a lawn.

Emergency personnel were administering aid, and it appeared that the officer’s uniform had been removed to facilitate the treatment.

Finally, Gutierrez said, the patient was taken from the lawn to an ambulance.