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Virginia Police Officer Shot Dead During Her First Shift

Officer Ashley Guindon was sworn in the previous day

A Virginia police officer was shot and killed by an Army staff sergeant assigned to the Pentagon on the first day of street duty.

Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon died Saturday after she and two other officers were ambushed by a man with a rifle as they were responding to a domestic disturbance, authorities said. The 28-year-old cop had been sworn in the previous day and was working her first day on the street with her training officer, who was also wounded, police said.

The man suspected of shooting them is Ronald Hamilton, 32, an active duty Army staff sergeant assigned to the Joint Staff Support Center at the Pentagon, an Army spokeswoman told the Associated Press. He is being held without bond on murder and other charges and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, according to the AP.

Authorities say the suspect’s 29-year-old wife was found dead inside the home. “When they got to the door, the suspect started shooting,” Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert told the Washington Post.

Guindon had served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was assigned to a unit involved with sending home the remains of fallen Marines, according to the Post.

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