Fourth Police Officer Who Responded To Jan. 6 Attack Dies By Suicide

Officer Kyle DeFreytag served on D.C.'s Metropolitan Police force for about five years. He was 26.

8/3/2021 6:18:00 AM

Officer Kyle DeFreytag served on D.C.'s Metropolitan Police force for about five years. He was 26.

Officer Kyle DeFreytag served on D.C.'s Metropolitan Police force for about five years. He was 26.

Nick VisserFour police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol have now died by suicide, the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed on Monday.Metropolitan Police Officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead at his home last month, the agency confirmed to HuffPost. His family later

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the cause was suicide, Fox5 reported.DeFreytag was 26.“I am writing to share tragic news that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the 5th District was found deceased last evening,” MPD Chief Robert Conteewroteto the department in mid-July, per WUSA. “This is incredibly hard news for us all, and for those that knew him best.”

The department said DeFreytag responded to the Jan. 6 insurrection and had served with the MPD since November 2016.The news comes just hours after the Metropolitan Police Departmentsaid a third officer, Gunther Hashida, was found dead in his home on Thursday.

“We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” the department said, noting he joined in 2003.Two other officers have died by suicide following the insurrection: Howard Liebengood and Jeffery Smith. Another, Brian Sicknick, died a day after he engaged with rioters while responding to the attack.

Several officers who responded to the Jan. 6 riotspoke before Congressabout the day’s events last week, detailing the horrors of the day and the ongoing mental anguish they’ve sustained. Some testified that they believed they might have died during the attack and others have lambasted Republican lawmakers who have

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We need to focus more on mentalHealth in this country. I’m sure our divided politics doesn’t help. People often get shamed for needing help. stigma suicide suicideStigma mentalHealthStigma 😔😡Never Forget! Has FOXs bimbo Laura Ingraham started making fun of him yet? IngrahamAngle RIP MMarfoogle Raise your hand if these are the first of any officers that chose suicide that you have heard about. Raise two hands if you think this situation is unprecedented.

Its possible by hearing the recent suicide of the other capitol officer may have put Kyle Defreytag over the 😪 Since when do you care about the police? Oh, that's right, only when it supports your narrative. There's 4 DC officers who've committed suicide now? Holy eff. Heart breaking. So tragic

So sad. They did their duty courageously. But afterwards have witnessed: denial, polarization and failure to do Justice. RIP & prayers for him and the other officers. Whoa, the Jan 6 rioters were more effective at demoralizing police than the entire last year of BLM / ACAB riots.

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This is incredibly sad.. 😢 So sad society and leaders Degraded police hero’s so horribly. Leaders Wouldn’t even visit wounded officers at the hospital. Most could never imagine what they see or deal with daily. Love our hero’s 26? 26!!! This is DEVASTATING!!! Where the F*uck is the Blue Lives Matter bastards now Oh—don’t give a $hit

😪 this is terrible news

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