Fourth Officer Who Responded to Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Dies by Suicide

A fourth police officer who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot died by suicide, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C. confirmed late on Aug. 2.

MPD confirmed that Officer Kyle DeFreytag, 26, was found dead last July 10, as first reported by WUSA9, a CBS-affiliated television station in Washington, D.C.

DeFreytag, who joined the department in November 2016, was deployed at the Capitol to enforce curfew violations after police cleared the building of rioters, MPD confirmed.

MPD said that its chief, Robert Contee, had sent a department-wide message last month to notify personnel of DeFreytag’s death.

“I am writing to share tragic news that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the 5th District was found deceased last evening. This is incredibly hard news for us all, and for those that knew him best,” Contee said in the message, as quoted by WUSA9.

The confirmation of DeFreytag’s death came just hours after MPD said that a third police officer who responded to the Capitol riot, Gunther Hashida, was found dead at his residence last July 29.

The officers’ deaths came a week after a House select committee held its first hearing where four officers delivered emotional testimonies of their firsthand experience of the Capitol riot.

In January, MPD Officer Jeffrey Smith and Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide days after responding to the Capitol riot, in which 100 police officers were injured.


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