Man charged with killing Virginia police officer due in court

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 set to appear in court Monday.

An arraignment is scheduled for 32-year-old Ronald Hamilton, a Pentagon worker. Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert has said he’ll likely seek the death penalty against Hamilton, who is being held without bond on charges including capital murder, first-degree murder and malicious wounding.

Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson offered no details on Sunday about what might have provoked the gunman, who worked at the Pentagon and, according to neighbors, was about to be transferred to Italy.

Hamilton and his wife Crystal, 29, had been arguing all day Saturday, but it escalated after she called 911, the chief said. Hamilton fatally shot his wife and then fired at the arriving officers, killing Guindon and seriously wounding the others before emerging from his front door to surrender. Officers recovered a handgun and a rifle.

The couple’s 11-year-old son was home at the time of the slayings and is being cared for by relatives, Hudson said.

Guindon, 28, was pronounced dead at the hospital where officers Jesse Hempen, 31, and David McKeown, 33, were being treated on Sunday. Police did not detail their injuries. Hudson said they face long recoveries.

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