A THIRD police officer who responded to the January 6 riots at the US Capitol building has killed himself.
Washington DC's Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that office Gunther Hashida has died by suicide, CNN's Whitney Wild reported on Twitter.
"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 Metzge said.
Hashida joined MPD in 2003 and responded to the January 6 insurrection, in which legions of Donald Trump supporters stormed the legislature in a bid to stop lawmakers certifying Joe Biden as president.
"We are grieving as a Department and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida's family and friends," Metzger said.
Hashida's death is the third known suicide of an officer who responded to the Capitol attack.
Twelve-year MPD veteran Jeffrey Smith and US Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-year Capitol Police veteran, also responded to the insurrection and later died by suicide.
Smith killed himself just three days after the riot and Smith shot himself on the way to work on January 15.
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