MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — An Army staff sergeant charged with fatally shooting a police officer working her first shift asked police to shoot him immediately after his arrest, according to testimony Tuesday.
A judge found probable cause to send the case against Staff Sgt. Ronald Hamilton, 32, of Woodbridge, to a grand jury for possible indictment on charges including capital murder.
Prosecutors say Hamilton shot and killed his wife, Crystal Hamilton, in a domestic dispute on Feb. 27, then shot three officers responding to a 911 call placed by Crystal Hamilton before she died. Ashley Guindon, working her first shift, died. Two other officers who were shot, Jesse Hempen and David McKeown, survived.
The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1SyoSYk ) that police Sgt. Joey Medawar testified about his conversations with Hamilton after the shooting.
Medawar said that Hamilton confessed to the shootings and asked police to kill him soon after he'd been handcuffed.
"He said, 'I ruined my life. Take your gun out and shoot me now,'" Medawar said.
Hamilton told Medawar that he shot the officers because they were "storming" Hamilton's Woodbridge home.
Hamilton — who served two tours in Iraq, according to his lawyer — told police that he thought he may have "snapped" because he believed he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
In previous court hearings, Hamilton's lawyer has suggested that his client is mentally ill.
Medawar asked Hamilton whether he had been trying to commit suicide by cop, which Hamilton denied.
Hamilton also expressed surprise to Medawar that the officers responding to his home had shown such restraint, and that he hadn't been shot and killed.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com