[WATCH] DC Police Officer Is Third January 6th Responder to Die By Suicide
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 according to a statement released by the Metro Police department.
Hashida joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 2003 and responded to the Capitol on January 6th. “We are grieving as a Department and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” Department Spokesperson Lauren 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.
My good friend and colleague Gunther Hashida who is an MPD officer who responded to the January 6th insurrection has taken his own life. His family has setup a gofundme page. Please consider helping them and retweeting to pass on. https://t.co/MpbSXWKnD6 https://t.co/MpbSXWKnD6
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 2, 2021
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. Another Capitol Police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, suffered strokes and died of natural causes one day after responding to the attack, Washington DC’s chief medical examiner determined in April.
Deeply saddened to learn another officer who responded to the U.S. Capitol on 1/6 took his own life. MPD Officer Gunther Hashida should be remembered for his heroism that day, and every other day he served in uniform. @CNN more detail to come.
— Whitney Wild (@WhitneyWReports) August 2, 2021
The Justice Department has charged more than 550 people in connection with the insurrection, according to CNN’s latest tally, and the attack is at the center of a high-profile House select committee investigation.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
“On behalf of the House of Representatives, I send deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Metropolitan Police Department Officer Gunther Hashida" pic.twitter.com/lSKGa3cGLu
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 2, 2021
During a hearing before the panel last month, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn delivered an emotional plea to officers who defended the Capitol to seek out professional help if they need it.
Tributes to Officer Hashida could be found all over Twitter.
Such sad news: Metropolitan Police Department Officer Gunther Hashida, a hero who risked his life to defend our Capitol and our democracy on #January6th, has died by suicide. May his memory be a blessing and comfort to his family and other loved ones. pic.twitter.com/W7eO4dTYIN
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) August 2, 2021
Gunther Hashida has just died by suicide- the third Capital police officer dead bc of the 1/6 treasonous attack on the Capitol.
The GQP has police officers blood on their hands but don’t give a shit about them.
They’re still playing games with american lives.
Fuck the GOP.
— Carlos E. Gates (@CarlosEGates1) August 2, 2021
Tragedy hits again today as a third officer who responded to January 6 MAGA attack has committed suicide.
He was DC Metropolitan PD Officer Gunther Hashida.
When the GQP tell you they back the blue, they actually mean when it fits their racism, otherwise it’s a lie.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 2, 2021
Christine and I are absolutely heartbroken to hear about the passing of #Jan6 first responder and father of 3, Officer Gunther Hashida. While we will never fully understand the trauma felt by #Jan6 attack survivors, we must pursue every avenue of justice. #Jan6Commission
— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) August 2, 2021
RIP, Officer Gunther Hashida.
The 3rd officer to commit suicide after the Jan 6th insurrection, another hero lost 😢
Insurrectionists & those that incited them, Trump and his herd of domestic terrorists caused all of this.
PTSD is real.
Mental health is a national epidemic.
— 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫 𝐀 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞 💬 (@ProfessorAMuse) August 2, 2021
MSNBC devoted time to honor Officer Hashida. Watch their coverage, below.
Writer’s Note: If you or a loved one are struggling and are contemplating suicide or self-harm, please instead call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.