A DC police officer who responded to the US Capitol insurrection
has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police
“Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response
Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased
in his residence on Thursday, July 29,” department spokesperson
Kristen Metzger told CNN in a statement.
Hashida joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 2003 and
responded to the Capitol on January 6, Metzger said.
“We are grieving as a Department and our thoughts and prayers
are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” Metzger said.
This is the third known suicide of an officer who responded to
the Capitol during the attack, and it is the second known
suicide by a DC officer specifically.
Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, a 12-year veteran of
the force, and US Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-
year Capitol Police veteran, also responded to the insurrection
and later died by suicide. A recent Senate report into the
security failures of the day lists both Smith and Liebengood
among those who “ultimately lost their lives” following the