Four officers who spoke back to U.S. Capitol assault absorb died by suicide

0 3

By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) -The District of Columbia’s police department on Monday said two extra police officers who spoke back to the Jan. 6 rebel on the U.S. Capitol absorb died by suicide, bringing to four the amount of identified suicides by officers who guarded the constructing that day.

Metropolitan Police Officer Gunther Hashida turn out to be stumbled on pointless in his dwelling Thursday, department spokesman Hugh Carew said in an announcement.

Hashida joined the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Division (MPD) in May perchance perchance perchance well additionally 2003.

One other MPD officer who spoke back to the Capitol on Jan. 6, Kyle DeFreytag, turn out to be stumbled on pointless on July 10, Carew said. DeFreytag’s reason within the encourage of demise turn out to be also suicide, Carew said.

He had been with the police department since November 2016.

MPD Officer Jeffrey Smith and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood also spoke back to the Capitol rebel and later died by suicide.

Hundreds of then-President Donald Trump supporters stormed the constructing that day in an unsuccessful strive to quit Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s election catch.

Four people died on the day of the violence.

A Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the following day. More than 100 police officers had been injured.

The mayhem ended in Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial. More than 500 people had been arrested for their roles within the violence.

Throughout emotional testimony last week, four police officers steered a Home of Representatives special committee that they had been beaten, threatened, taunted with racial insults, and thought they might perchance well perchance also die as they struggled to protect the Capitol against the mob.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Stephen Coates, Robert Birsel)

Leave A Reply