In another shocking and saddening twist to the fallout from the events that took place on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, two additional law enforcement officers who responded to the riots that day have been confirmed to have taken their own lives.
According to the WUSA9, just hours after a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) spokesperson confirmed that Gunther Hashida, an 18-year veteran of the force, committed suicide, it was revealed that Officer Kyle DeFreytag, another responding officer, also took his life last month.
DeFreytag reportedly took his own life in July, with an internal memo going out to the police force confirming the department’s tragic loss.
“I am writing to share tragic news that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the 5th District was found deceased last evening,” MPD Chief Robert J. Contee III wrote in a mid-July statement. “This is incredibly hard news for us all, and for those that knew him best.”
According to the Washington Examiner, it was on Thursday that Hashida was discovered deceased in his residence, with MPD confirming the cause of death was a result of suicide.
“We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” MPD said in a statement on the development.
The two unfortunate deaths bring the number of suicides among responding officers on Jan. 6 to a total of four.
Terrible Update >> Confirmed a *4th* officer who responded to Capitol Insurrection died by suicide.
Officer Kyle DeFreytag of 5th District was found deceased in mid-July, Metropolitan Police said.
• Officer Liebengood
• Officer Smith
• Officer Hashida
• Officer DeFreytag
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) August 3, 2021
Notably, Hashida’s suicide came just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Jan. 6 commission heard testimony from a number of officers who responded to the Capitol riot.