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Third officer commits suicide after responding to Capitol riot

Another police officer who responded to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan 6. has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Officer Gunther Hashida, an 18-year veteran of the force in Washington, D.C., was found dead in his residence on Thursday. The cause of death was suicide, police told the Washington Examiner.

Hashida, who joined the department in May 2003, was assigned to the emergency response team within the Special Operations Division and responded to the riot.

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

Hashida’s suicide is the third among law enforcement officers who responded to the Capitol on Jan. 6, one of whom also worked for D.C. police.

MPD Officer Jeffrey Smith, who served for 12 years also took his own life following the riot, as did Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, who was a 15-year veteran.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick also died after responding to the riot but not by suicide.


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