June 27, 2022

US Capitol invasion: Third police officer commits suicide

US Capitol invasion: Third police officer commits suicide…

A third police officer, Gunther Hashida, who responded to the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol, has died by suicide, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in the District of Columbia said on Monday.

Department spokesperson, Hugh Carew, confirmed in a statement to New York Daily News that Hashida, an 18-year veteran on the force, was found dead at his residence on Thursday.

The statement read, “We’re grieving as a department and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends.”

Hashida joined MPD in 2003 and was assigned to a special operations team when he responded on January 6 to the mob of protesters who stormed the US Capitol intent on stopping certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral win.

Hashida’s death is the third reported suicide of an officer who responded to the siege.

Recall that Capitol police officer, Howie Liebengood, and MPD officer Jeffrey Smith also died by suicide days after the attack.

Smith took his life “in the aftermath of that battle”, while Liebengood committed suicide three days after the deadly uprising by Trump supporters.

The January 6 insurrection is also the focus of a House select committee investigation.

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