A third police officer who responded to the January 6 U.S. Capitol breach has died by suicide, CNN reported on Monday, citing the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.
Gunther Hashida follows Jeffrey Smith and Howard Liebengood as police officers who died by suicide after the U.S. Capitol breach. Smith was an Metropolitan Police Department. He had been an Metropolitan Police Department officer for five years. officer, while Liebengood was a Capitol Police officer.
In addition to the three, Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died from a stroke unrelated to the breach.
News of Gunther Hashida’s death comes one week after the first hearing by the U.S. House select committee investigating the events surrounding the riot.
On Monday night, August 2, 2021, it was reported that a fourth officer who responded to the breaching of the Capitol also died by suicide. Twenty six year old Kyle DeFreytag was found dead on July 10, according to his mom and the Metropolitan Police Department. He had been an Metropolitan Police Department officer for five years.