4 cops who responded to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol have now died by suicide, the Metropolitan Police Division confirmed on Monday.
Metropolitan Police Officer Kyle DeFreytag was discovered useless at his dwelling final month, the company confirmed to lawyerroll. His household later said the trigger was suicide, Fox5 reported.
“I’m writing to share tragic information that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the fifth District was discovered deceased final night,” MPD Chief Robert Contee wrote to the division in mid-July, per WUSA. “That is extremely exhausting information for us all, and for those who knew him finest.”
The division mentioned DeFreytag responded to the Jan. 6 rebel and had served with the MPD since November 2016.
The information comes simply hours after the Metropolitan Police Division mentioned a 3rd officer, Gunther Hashida, was discovered useless in his dwelling on Thursday.
“We’re grieving as a Division as our ideas and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s household and pals,” the division mentioned, noting he joined in 2003.
Two different officers have died by suicide following the rebel: Howard Liebengood and Jeffery Smith. One other, Brian Sicknick, died a day after he engaged with rioters whereas responding to the assault.
A number of officers who responded to the Jan. 6 riot spoke earlier than Congress concerning the day’s occasions final week, detailing the horrors of the day and the continuing psychological anguish they’ve sustained. Some testified that they believed they could have died through the assault and others have lambasted Republican lawmakers who’ve moved to downplay the unprecedented assault on the halls of Congress.
When you or somebody you already know wants assist, name 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You may also textual content HOME to 741-741 totally free, 24-hour assist from the Crisis Text Line. Exterior of the U.S., please go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of assets.
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