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Four officers who responded to the attack on the US Capitol died by suicide

By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) -The District of Columbia police Department said two more on Monday police Officers responding to the January 6 riots in the United States. Capitol died by suicide, bringing the number of known suicides by officers guarding the building that day to four.

Metropolitan police Official Gunther Hashida was found dead in his home Thursday, department spokesman Hugh Carew said in a statement.

Hashida joined the Metropolitan of the District of Columbia police Department (MPD) in May 2003.

Another MPD officer pointing to the Capitol On Jan. 6, Kyle DeFreytag was found dead on July 10, Carew said. DeFreytag's cause of death was also suicide, Carew said.

He was with that police Department since November 2016.

MPD officer Jeffrey Smith and Americans Capitol police Officer Howard Liebengood also responded to that Capitol Riot and later died of suicide.

Hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the building that day to prevent Congress from confirming the election victory of Democratic President Joe Biden.

Four people died on the day of the violence.

ON Capitol police A police officer attacked by demonstrators died the next day. More than 100 police Officials were injured.

The chaos led to Trump's second impeachment trial. More than 500 people were arrested for their role in the violence.

During the emotional testimony last week, four police Officials told a House Special Committee that they were beaten, threatened, ridiculed with racial slurs and thought they might die while trying Capitol against the mob.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Stephen Coates, Robert Birsel)

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