A third police officer defending the US Capitol inside January 6 Riot The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Monday, killing himself by Donald Trump’s militant supporters.
Officer Gunther Hashida, who was assigned to the special operations team’s emergency response team, was found dead at home on July 29, the agency said.
44-year-old Hashida joined the army in May 2003 and was one of the people who responded to the Capitol attack, spokesman Brianna Burch confirmed to the Guardian.
“We are sad as a department and our thoughts and prayers are with Hashida’s family and friends,” Birch said.
According to an online fundraising campaign established in his memory, Hashida has survived by his wife, Romeria and three children, his sister and other “great family” members.
Mr. Hashida’s death is the third known case of law enforcement suicide related to the January 6 riots, a violent act by Trump supporter mobs to stop proof of Biden’s election victory. The attempt attacked the Parliament building.
Attempts failed, Biden’s victory over Trump from the 2020 elections Certified by Congress Early the next morning.
However, the attacks on the Capitol that lasted for several hours included riots. Attack a large number of officers Invading the building with an effort that failed to hunt down lawmakers, including Vice President Mike Pence at the time.
Playing cards ImpeachedHe was acquitted by the Senate in February for inciting a riot for the second time, unprecedented.
The unit’s 12-year veteran, Jeffrey Smith, and 16-year Capitol police veteran, Howard Liebengood, also responded to the January 6 attack and later committed suicide.
Mr. Hashida’s death comes a week after police testify to his house Special committee About their tragic experience in defending Congress.
About 600 people Criminal accusation For their role in the event.
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