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Published: 0151 GMT August 03, 2021

Four officers who responded to U.S. Capitol attack have died by suicide

Four officers who responded to U.S. Capitol attack have died by suicide

Supporters of the former U.S. president Donald Trump storm into the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., on January 6.

Four police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol have now died by suicide, the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed on Monday.

Metropolitan Police Officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead at his home last month, the agency confirmed to HuffPost. His family later said the cause was suicide, Fox5 reported.

DeFreytag was 26.

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

The department said DeFreytag responded to the Jan. 6 insurrection and had served with the MPD since November 2016.

The news comes just hours after the Metropolitan Police Department said a third officer Gunther Hashida was found dead in his home on Thursday.

Two other officers have died by suicide following the insurrection: Howard Liebengood and Jeffery Smith. Another, Brian Sicknick, died a day after he engaged with rioters while responding to the attack.

At a closed-door meeting with leaders of Congress in January, Robert Contee told legislators that Smith took his life “in the aftermath of that battle”.

Meanwhile, Liebengood died by suicide just three days after supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory.

Four people died on a day of unprecedented violence in the U.S.

More than 100 police officers were injured.

The mayhem led to Trump’s second impeachment trial. More than 500 people have been arrested for their roles in the violence.

During emotional testimony last week, four police officers told a House of Representatives special committee that they were beaten, threatened, taunted with racial insults, and thought they might die as they struggled to defend the Capitol against the mob.

The deadly attack has prompted Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell to file a civil lawsuit against Trump and Republican Congressman Mo Brooks, accusing them of inciting people.






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