Man accused of killing wife, Virginia cop is son of retired Charleston police officer

VIDEO: Man accused of killing wife, Virginia cop has Charleston ties
Crystal Hamilton (Source: Brown Family)
Crystal Hamilton (Source: Brown Family)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man accused of killing his wife and a police officer in Northern Virginia is the son of a retired Charleston police officer.

Ronald Hamilton is charged with murder in the shooting deaths Saturday of his wife Crystal and Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon.

Hamilton's father retired as a major from the Charleston Police Department in 2001 and still lives in Charleston.

Amy Halberder is a neighbor of the retired cop.

"His father was very proud of him, talking about his military service, that's shocking," Halberder said.

Halberder says she met Ronald Hamilton when he came home for Christmas to visit his family.

"He was very nice, good looking, tall man, very nice, thankful to us for being friends with his father. Seems like a normal guy, so that's very shocking."

Family members say Hamilton's wife, Crystal, is a native of Huger in Berkeley County and was called 'Crissy.'

They say the Hamiltons were married for 12 years and have a son who turned 11 last week. Police say the child managed to escape the gunfire and ran to a neighbor's house.

Investigators say the couple had been arguing the day of the shooting.

"It makes me sad for the families of everybody involved and it makes me said for their family. They're nice people, they're good neighbors, always very friendly," Halberder said.

Ronald Hamilton is being held without bond.

The prosecutor in Prince William County says he'll likely seek the death penalty.

Copyright 2016 WCSC. All rights reserved.