A cop who was on duty when the US Capitol was stormed by an angry mob Jan. 6 has committed suicide — the third responding officer to take his own life, a report said Monday.
Metropolitan Police Officer Gunther Hashida, who joined the DC department in 2003, died last week, the agency announced.
“Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased in his residence on Thursday, July 29th,” department rep Kristen Metzger told CNN.
Hashida killed himself, the third officer defending the Capitol that day to commit suicide, CNN said.
“In his work as an officer with the DC Metropolitan Police Department he worked to serve and protect the public,” the family said. “He was a devoted husband and father.”
The page, posted Sunday, raised more than $12,000 by Monday afternoon.
“My heart goes out to the family of MPD Officer Hashida in this difficult time,” US Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat, wrote on Twitter. “We know the pain of January 6 is still real for so many officers.”
Hashida was on duty at the Capitol when thousands of protesters stormed the building, breaking in through doors and broken windows.
The mob assaulted dozens of officers, beating them with pipes and even the cops’ own shields while also using Tasers and pepper spray.
The assault came as Congress prepared to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated former President Trump, who contests the outcome.
Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, a 12-year veteran, and US Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-year veteran, have also taken their own lives.