Two Washington, DC cops who took half within the response to the riot within the US Capitol have taken their very own lives, their division confirmed, bringing the full variety of police suicides within the wake of the unrest to 4.
Officer Gunther Hashida was discovered useless in his house by suicide on July 29, the DC Metropolitan Police Division (MPD) instructed media retailers on Monday, including “We’re grieving as a Division as our ideas and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s household and mates.” He died one week earlier than his forty fourth birthday, in response to his obituary.
The officer’s spouse, Romelia, additionally spoke of his passing in a Fb submit on Sunday evening.
US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed Hashida as a “hero” who “risked his life to save lots of our Capitol, the Congressional neighborhood and our very Democracy” in a written assertion, including “Could Officer Hashida’s life be an inspiration to all.”
Simply hours after the MPD confirmed Hashida’s dying, the division instructed an area CBS affiliate that one other officer, 26-year-old Kyle DeFreytag, had additionally taken his personal life on July 10. The suicide was not reported till Monday.
“I’m writing to share tragic information that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the fifth District was discovered deceased final night,” MPD chief Robert Contee wrote in a message to the division final month. “That is extremely onerous information for us all, and for those who knew him finest.”
Horrible Replace >> Confirmed a *4th* officer who responded to Capitol Rebel died by suicide.
Officer Kyle DeFreytag of fifth District was discovered deceased in mid-July, Metropolitan Police mentioned.
• Officer Liebengood
• Officer Smith
• Officer Hashida
• Officer DeFreytag
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) August 3, 2021
Hashida and DeFreytag, who joined the division in 2003 and 2016, respectively, are the third and fourth officers current for the incident on January 6 to die by their very own palms. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood and MPD officer Jeffrey Smith additionally dedicated suicide within the days after the riot.
A fifth officer, Brian Sicknick, additionally died quickly after the unrest. Whereas media reviews repeatedly instructed he succumbed to accidents inflicted by rioters, health workers later decided he died of pure causes following a pair of strokes.
4 others, all protesters, misplaced their lives in the course of the riot, together with two associated to pure causes and one deadly drug overdose, whereas 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt was shot useless by police close to the Home chamber contained in the Capitol.
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