Virginia police officer killed on her first day on the job; man charged – CNN
“The investigation revealed that the accused and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically,” he said. “The wife was able to contact police; however, before officers could arrive, she was allegedly shot and killed by the accused.”
The couple’s 11-year-old son fled the residence before the shooting, the chief said. Family and friends are caring for the boy, he said.
Two guns, a .45-caliber pistol and a rifle, were found in the house, Hudson said.
Hamilton is an active duty Army staff sergeant assigned to the Joint Staff Support Center at the Pentagon, said Cindy Your of the Defense Information Systems Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Hamilton is charged with one count of capital murder of a police officer, one count of first-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding of a police officer and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
He is being held without bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert said he “likely” to seek the death penalty but hasn’t made a decision yet.
Wounded were Officer Jesse Hempen, 31, who had been with the department for more than eight years, and Officer David McKeown, 33, a 10-year veteran. They were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital and “We’re led to believe their recovery will be full,” Hudson said.
A day before the shooting, the department tweeted a photo of Guindon after her swearing-in.
Hudson said Guindon interned with the Prince William County Police Department while she attended graduate school. She officially joined the police force in 2015 and finished training in June, but she took some time off for “personal reasons.”
She decided to come back and was sworn in to the department on Friday.
“We were struck by her passion to do this job,” the chief said. “She couldn’t get it out of her blood. She clearly had a passion to serve others that went beyond herself.”
Before Saturday, the department has had three officers killed in the line of duty since 1970, it said on its website.