It is now confirmed that a fourth policeman who defended the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 uprising by extremist supporters of Donald Trump has committed suicide.
The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) confirmed Monday evening that another of their officers, Kyle DeFreytag, committed suicide earlier in July, just hours after saying MPD officer Gunther Hashida had committed suicide on July 29.
In January, MPD Officer Jeffrey Smith, a 12-year veteran of the force, and Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-year-old veteran, both of whom also responded to the Jan.6 attack. , committed suicide.
DeFreytag, who was 26, was deployed to protect the Capitol after police cleared the building of rioters and helped enforce a curfew, the department said.
MPD chief Robert Contee had informed staff of DeFreytag’s death on July 10 in a department-wide message, the department confirmed.
He had been an MPD officer for five years, according to his obituary.
Hashida had helped secure the Capitol on January 6 as part of the Emergency Response Team within the MPD’s Special Operations Division after a crowd of thousands of Trump supporters stormed the building.
The news of DeFreytag and Hashida’s deaths came a week after several officers testified before a select House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6 insurgency, when extremists stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
This attempt failed, and Biden’s victory was certified successfully by Congress in the early hours of the next morning.
But the attack on the Capitol, which lasted for several hours, involved rioters assaulting outnumbered officers to break into the building in an unsuccessful attempt to hunt down lawmakers, including the then vice president. , Mike Pence.
Trump was impeached, for an unprecedented second time, for inciting insurgency, and acquitted in February by the Senate.
Nearly 600 people have been indicted for their role in the events.