D.C. Metropolitan Police confirmed Monday that two police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol took their own lives last month.
Veteran Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead last week. Police confirmed to Nexstar that Hashida died by suicide, making him the fourth officer who responded to the Jan. 6 riot to take his own life.
Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased in his residence on Thursday, July 29. Officer Hashida joined MPD in May 2003. We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashidaâ€™s family and friends.
D.C. Metropolitan Police Dept. PIO Hugh Carew
Officer Kyle DeFreytag, who joined the department in November 2016, was found dead by suicide on Saturday, July 10th, 2021, officials confirmed Monday night.
U.S. Capitol Police Officers Howard Liebengood and Jeffrey Smith also died by suicide in January.
â€œOfficer Hashida was a hero, who risked his life to save our Capitol, the Congressional community and our very Democracy,â€ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. â€œAll Americans are indebted to him for his great valor and patriotism on January 6th and throughout his selfless service.â€
Pelosi added that she hoped his life would serve as an inspiration to all to protect the country and its democracy, â€œand may it be a comfort to Officer Hashidaâ€™s family that so many mourn their loss and pray for them at this sad time.â€
In a Facebook post, wife Romelia Hashida wrote:
â€œA thousand words couldnâ€™t bring you backâ€¦ I know this because I tried, neither could a thousand tearsâ€¦ I know this because I cried, you left behind a broken heart and happy memories tooâ€¦ but I never wanted memoriesâ€¦ I only wanted you.â€
A GoFundMe to raise money for his memorial stated that he died on July 29. It said that Hashida â€œworked to serve and protect the publicâ€ while with the Metropolitan Police Department.
Hashida left behind a wife, a sister and three children.