Officer who responded to US Capitol attack third to die by suicide

Police tried to clear the US Capitol Building with tear gas as supporters of President Donald...
Police tried to clear the US Capitol Building with tear gas as supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside on January 6. Photo: Reuters
A police officer who responded to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol died by suicide last week, the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department says.

Metropolitan Police Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead in his home Thursday, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, joined MPD in May 2003.

This is the third known suicide of a police officer who responded to the attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood also responded to the Capitol riot and later died by suicide.

More than 500 people so far have been charged with crimes stemming from the Jan. 6 riot, even as Trump allies try to downplay the incident.

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