DC police revealed officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead at his home last month in statement just hours after disclosing third cop had taken his own life.
- DC Metropolitan Officer Kyle DeFreytag, 26, killed himself on July 10
- He is fourth cop who was at the Capitol on January 6 who has since killed himself
- The news cames on the same day that MPD officials confirmed a third police officer death by suicide in the wake of the protest
- Officer Gunther Hashida, 43, a father-of-three, took his own life on July 29
- U.S. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood killed himself three days after the protest on January 9, while DC Police Officer Jeffrey Smith shot himself January 15.
A fourth police officer who was involved in a shootout with Capitol protesters on January 6 committed suicide.
Kyle DeFreytag, 26, died on July 10. On January 6th, he responded to the Capitol insurgency and worked the late shift. DeFreytag had been stationed outside the Capitol.
According to his obituary, DeFreytag had worked for the Metropolitan Police Department for five years. He was described as a Pennsylvania native and a five-year veteran of the DC force.
Kyle DeFreytag previously served in the city’s 5th Congressional District. On the day of the protest, he was working a late shift at the Capitol, enforcing curfew violations, Metropolitan Police confirmed to WUSA9.
“I am writing to share tragic news that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the 5th District was found deceased last evening,” Chief Robert J. Contee III wrote in a message to the department in mid-July. “This is incredibly hard news for us all, and for those that knew him best.”
The officer’s obituary said that a memorial service was held in the nation’s capital over the weekend.
His death was announced on Monday, just hours after it was revealed that a third officer had committed suicide.
Gunther Hashida, 43, died on July 29, according to his family’s GoFundMe page. He would have turned 44 on Thursday.
It’s unclear how he killed himself, and his family hasn’t blamed his death on the January 6 protest. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
He’d been with the DC Metropolitan Police Department for 18 years.
U.S. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood killed himself three days after the protest and DC Police Officer Jeffrey Smith shot himself on his way to work on January 15.
The protest led to the deaths of five people, including US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Three days after the protest, another Capitol Police officer, Howard Liebengood, committed suicide. Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith fatally shot himself on Jan. 15, one day after he was ordered back to work.
More than 500 arrests have been made in connection with January 6, and the FBI has said it is looking for hundreds of additional suspects.
Kyle deFreytag biography: 13 things about DC Police officer
Kyle Hendrik deFreytag was a native of Pennsylvania, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in Canadensis, Monroe County, Pennsylvania to Frederik deFreytag and Laura Kennedy deFreytag. (a)
- He is Sam deFreytag and Melanie deFreytag Hockenberry‘s brother.
- He enjoyed travelling, hiking, camping, riding his motorcycle and playing the drums.
- He was a police officer in Washington, D.C., USA. He served in the city’s 5th District.
- He attended Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 2015, he was named to the dean’s list. (d)
- In May 2016, he graduated from Northampton Community College with an associate’s degree in applied science. After his graduation, he moved to Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
- In November 2016, he joined the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, also known as the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Police. (b)
- In 2017, his annual wage as a DC Police officer was $55,362.
- In 2018, his annual wage as a DC Police officer was $63,598.
- In 2019, his annual wage as a DC Police officer was 72,611.00.
- On January 6, 2021, he was one of the DC Police officers who responded to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
- He died by suicide on July 10, 2021. (b)
- He died at the age of 26. He is the fourth DC Police officer who responded to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 confirmed to have committed suicide.
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