Fourth Capitol riot cop, 26, commits suicide: DC Officer kills himself six months after January 6


A fourth police officer who clashed with Capitol rioters on January 6 has killed himself.

Kyle DeFreytag, 26, died on July 10. He had responded to the Capitol insurrection on January 6th and had worked the later shift on that day. DeFreytag had been positioned outside the Capitol. 

DeFreytag had been a Metropolitan Police Department officer for five years, according to his obituary. 

DeFreytag had served in the city’s 5th District. He was at the Capitol on the day of the rioting on a late shift serving to enforce curfew violations, Metropolitan Police confirmed to WUSA9.

‘I am writing to share tragic news that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the 5th District was found deceased last evening,’ Chief Robert J. Contee III wrote in a message to the department in mid-July. ‘This is incredibly hard news for us all, and for those that knew him best.’ 

The announcement of his death on Monday came just hours after it was revealed a third had officer taken his own life following the riots.

DC Metropolitan Officer Kyle DeFreytag, 26, killed himself on July 10. He had been working at the Capitol on January 6

DC Metropolitan Officer Gunther Hashida, 43, died on July 29, his family announced in a GoFundMe account. 

It’s unclear how he killed himself and his family have not attributed his death to the riot on January 6. He leaves behind a wife and three children.  

He’d worked at for the DC Metropolitan Police Department for 18 years. 

Nancy Pelosi was among lawmakers who mourned him on Monday.  

DC Metropolitan Officer Gunther Hashida, 43, took his own life on July 29, his family announced in a GoFundMe account. DC Metropolitan Police have confirmed his death.

DC Metropolitan Officer Gunther Hashida, 43, took his own life on July 29, his family announced in a GoFundMe account. DC Metropolitan Police have confirmed his death.

t's unclear how he killed himself and his family have not attributed his death to the riot on January 6. He leaves behind a wife and three children

t’s unclear how he killed himself and his family have not attributed his death to the riot on January 6. He leaves behind a wife and three children

U.S. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood killed himself three days after the riot and DC Police Officer Jeffrey Smith shot himself on his way to work on January 15.

‘On July 29, 2021, we lost Gunther Hashida, who leaves behind a loving wife, sister, 3 children, and a wonderful family,’ his sister-in-law said in the description on his GoFundMe page.

She added: ‘In his work as an officer with the DC Metropolitan Police Department, he worked to serve and protect the public. He was a devoted and loving husband and father. 

‘This fund will help support his memorial service and his family in the loss of his love and guidance,’  The page has raised $11,000 of its intended $50,000 target.’

Hashida graduated from police academy in 2003 but it’s unclear if he worked with DC Metropolitan Police for his entire career or not.  

The police department said he was found a home, but did not give any detail on what contributed to his death. 

‘Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased in his residence on Thursday, July 29. 

‘Officer Hashida joined MPD in May 2003. 

‘We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,’ a department spokesman told DailyMail.com on Monday.

U.S. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood killed himself three days after the riot and DC Police Officer Jeffrey Smith shot himself on his way to work on January 15.

U.S. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood killed himself three days after the riot and DC Police Officer Jeffrey Smith shot himself on his way to work on January 15.

U.S. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, left, killed himself three days after the riot and DC Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, right, shot himself on his way to work on January 15.

The families of the other officers who died said they were not the ‘same’ in the days after the riot. 

‘When my husband left for work that day, he was the Jeff that I knew.   

‘When he returned after experiencing the event, being hit in the head, he was a completely different person. 

Gunther Hashida had worked at for the DC Metropolitan Police Department for 18 years

Gunther Hashida had worked at for the DC Metropolitan Police Department for 18 years

‘I do believe if he did not go to work that day, he would be here and we would not be having this conversation,’ Jeffrey’s wife Erin told The New York Times earlier this week. 

Pelosi, in a statement on Monday afternoon, said: ‘On behalf of the House of Representatives, I send deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Metropolitan Police Department Officer Gunther Hashida.

‘Officer Hashida was 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 6th and throughout his selfless service. 

‘May Officer Hashida’s life be an inspiration to all to protect our Country and Democracy. 

‘And may it be a comfort to Officer Hashida’s family that so many mourn their loss and pray for them at this sad time.’ 

Several officers testified how they were outnumbered and feared for their lives on January 6

Several officers testified how they were outnumbered and feared for their lives on January 6 



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