In a tragic story out of Prince William County, Virginia, a young police officer named Ashley Guindon was shot and killed on her first day of patrol when she responded to a call about a potential domestic incident. Two additional officers were shot and wounded.
Just two days ago, the police department had congratulated Guindon on her first patrol duty on its Twitter page:
The shooting began at around 5:30 pm in the 13000 block of Lashmere Court. Following the firefight, one person was arrested, but no additional information has since been released. Corey Stewart, local chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said in a phone interview that another woman had been killed in the domestic call and was dead before police arrived at the scene. Stewart added that there was a child in the house during the incident who was luckly left unharmed.
A resident of the area recounted the brief, yet deadly, violence. “We never thought it could be shots,” she said, adding that she heard “Boom, boom, boom. Something like that.” She also said that she saw one of the three wounded officers lying on a lawn.
Shortly after, emergency personnel arrived, and it appeared that Guindon’s uniform had been removed so the emergency unit could facilitate treatment, before transporting the patient from the lawn to an ambulance. She was pronounced dead shortly after.
Joining the police department wasn't the first time Guindon had offered her service to her country: she previously served in the Marine Corps, holding the rank of corporal, and was involved with sending home the remains of fallen Marines.
(Photo credit: Prince William Co. Police)