Virginia police officer killed on her first day at work

Photo: Officer Ashley Guindon

A Virginia police officer was killed while responding to a domestic-related shooting a day after she was sworn in, authorities said.

Prince William County police officer Ashley Guindon was killed on Saturday night in Lake Ridge. She was sworn in Friday.

Two other officers were injured in the shooting, authorities said. One was in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds and another officer was stable, according to Corey Stewart, chairman of the board of county supervisors.

A day before the shooting, the department tweeted a photo of Guindon after her swearing in.
Guindon had been an officer before but took some time off, Stewart said.

Ashley Guindon had been responding to a domestic dispute in Woodbridge, Virginia, about 32 km (20 miles) south of Washington, DC.

The suspect, a military serviceman, was unharmed and is now in police custody.

The suspect had murdered his wife then opened fire on officers as they approached, a police official told the AP news agency.
There was also a child in the house at the time of the incident, he said.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce that Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon, one of the officers involved in this evening’s shooting on Lashmere Ct, has died as a result of her injuries sustained during the incident” her department said in a statement on Saturday.

Before Saturday, the department has had three officers killed in the line of duty since 1970, it said on its website.

Prince William County is about 25 miles south of Washington, D.C.

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