Officials said Monday that a Washington, D.C., police officer who responded to the Jan. 6 riot at the capitol committed suicide.
“We are grieving as a department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” spokeswoman Brianna Burch said.
Hashida joined the Metropolitan Police Department in May 2003 and was assigned to the special operations division’s emergency response team at the time of his death.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her “deepest condolences” to Hashida’s family and loved ones in a statement.
“Officer Hashida was a hero, who risked his life to save our Capitol, the Congressional community and our very Democracy. All Americans are indebted to him for his great valor and patriotism on Jan. 6 throughout his selfless service,” she said.
He is the third officer who died by suicide while responding to the Capitol attack.
Jeffrey Smith, a 12-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, and U.S. Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-year veteran of Capitol Police, was also killed while responding to the insurgency.
Brian Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who also responded to the attack, died of natural causes after suffering from strokes.
Capitol Hill police salute the passing of the funeral hearse on Sunday for slain Officer Brian Sicknick, who died in the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Theiler