Third Police Officer Who Responded To January 6 Capitol Attack Has Died By Suicide
Published in Aug 2021 / Updated in Sep 2021
It has been seven months since police officers responded to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Two of these officers already killed themselves, and now, a third has made the shocking decision to end his life in an increasingly worrying trend.
According to media reports, 43-year-old Gunther Hashida committed suicide towards the end of July. Metro police spokesperson Kristen Metzger confirmed the death to the media.
The officer worked with the Emergency Response Team as part of the Special Operations Division.
On July 29, Hashida was found dead in his house. He was just about to turn 44 when he killed himself.
Previously, Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood and Metro Police Officer Jeffrey Smith committed suicide following the attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
Hashida has left behind a wife and three children, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover his funeral expenses.
According to the statement on the page, Hashida worked hard to protect the public as part of the DC Metropolitan Police Department.
The page goes on to explain that he was a loving and dedicated husband.
The Devastating Capitol Attack Left Many Police Officers Injured
During the January attack, over 100 police officers suffered injuries. After the attack on the Capitol, Donald Trump went through his second impeachment trial.
Eventually, over 500 people ended up under arrest following the harrowing incident.
Pro-Trump supporters protested the outcome of the presidential election results, which Trump insisted had been rigged in Biden’s favor.
Recently, police officers gave their testimonies to the House of Representatives regarding the incident.
Four of them claimed to have been beaten, taunted with racial insults, and threatened. They also thought they would die while trying to defend the Capitol.
These are some of the traumatizing experiences that might help explain why some of the officers decided to end their lives long after the attack.