Third Officer Who Responded To Capitol Riot Has Died By Suicide

A third officer who responded to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has died by suicide, police confirmed Monday. 

The officer, Gunther Hashida of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, was found deceased in his home Thursday. 

“We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” the department said of Hashida, who joined the MPD in 2003. 

Hashida is one of four officers who have died since a mob spurred on by then-President Donald Trump descended on the Capitol. Two of them, Howard Liebengood and Jeffery Smith, died by suicide, and another, Brian Sicknick, died the day after he engaged with rioters.

While the MPD confirmed Hashida did respond to the Capitol on Jan. 6, it did not connect Hashida’s death to the incident. The MPD confirmed the cause of death was suicide.

News of Hashida’s death comes days after other officers who responded to the riot testified before Congress about the horrors of that day, including moments they feared for their lives and endured racial slurs. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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