A 17-year-old youth was charged yesterday with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of his father, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who was shot while he slept Wednesday.
The father, Tyrone M. Hamilton Jr., 51, was an 18-year member of the U.S. Capitol Police, the force that provides protection to members of Congress and guards the Capitol. He was pronounced dead at George Washington University Medical Center in the early morning hours yesterday after surgery for two gunshot wounds in the abdomen.
Jonathan Tyrone Hamilton, 17, was released yesterday into the custody of his uncle to await trial. His uncle, Ward 2 school board member R. David Hall, will be responsible for enforcing a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Few details were available on the circumtances of the shooting. Natalie O. Ludaway, who entered a not guilty plea for Hamilton at a brief hearing, declined to be interviewed afterward. Family members also left the courthouse without comment.
A charging document prepared by the D.C. police said the elder Hamilton was found bleeding at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in his second-floor hallway, in the 1300 block of Q Street NW, suffering "multiple gunshot wounds."
The younger Hamilton, initially charged as a juvenile with assault with intent to kill, was transferred to adult court after a doctor pronounced his father dead at 1:07 a.m. yesterday.
The police document said the younger Hamilton ran to a neighbor's house on Kingman Place NW after the shooting. Hamilton, carrying a revolver, "stated to them that . . . he had killed his father." The neighbor, the document said, took the gun and called the police.
Hamilton, the charging document said, gave a statement to police in which he said "that he got the gun from the kitchen cabinet and then shot his father while he was asleep."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Prager, in an unusual suggestion for the government, told Hearing Commissioner Earl E. Shamwell Jr. that she would not object to releasing Hamilton to the custody of his uncle. Shamwell imposed a nightly curfew before agreeing to the pretrial release.