2 more officers who responded to Jan. 6 attack die by suicide; total rises to 4
Officers Gunther Hashida and Kyle DeFreytag took their own lives in recent weeks, police confirmed
By Suzie Ziegler
WASHINGTON — Two more officers who responded to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol have died by suicide, police confirmed on Monday. That doubles the suicide death toll.
Officer Gunther Hashida, an 18-year veteran, was found dead in his home last Thursday, a Metropolitan Police (MPD) spokesperson told CBS News. Hours after Hashida’s death was announced, MPD confirmed that Officer Kyle DeFreytag had taken his own life on July 10. Freytag had been with the department since 2016, according to the report.
DeFreytag and Hashida are the third and fourth officers to die by suicide after being sent to the Capitol on January 6. Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide on Jan. 9, days before MPD Officer Jeffrey Smith.
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