Officer who responded to January 6 attack is third to die by suicide

By Whitney Wild, CNN

    (CNN) -- A DC police officer who responded to the US Capitol insurrection has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

"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 attack.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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