A Washington D.C. Metropolitan police officer (MPD) was found dead of an apparent suicide last week inside his home in Virginia.
- Kyle DeFreytag, another officer who also responded to the insurrection, died of suicide on July 10, police confirmed Monday.
- While Hashida is now the fourth officer from the Capitol incident responders to die in a similar manner, the authorities have not linked his death to the riot.
- MPD Officer Jeffrey Smith and U.S. Capitol Officer Howard Liebengood, both responders to the violent incident, also killed themselves earlier this year.
- “We are grieving as a department, and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” MPD spokesperson Kristen Metzger told CNN.
Hashida, who would have turned 44 on Thursday
, became part of the MPD in 2003 and had just been recently assigned to the Emergency Response Team tactical unit.
- In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Hashida a hero “who risked his life to save our Capitol, the Congressional community and our very Democracy. All Americans are indebted to him for his great valor and patriotism on January 6 and throughout his selfless service.”
- A fundraising campaign has been set up on GoFundMe to fund Hashida’s memorial and support his family.
- Hashida’s wife Romelia, mother of their three children, shared a Facebook photo showing Gunther with his arm around her.