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Officer who defended the capitol during riot takes his own life

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An officer who defended the capitol building during the January 6th riot has taken his own life.

Authorities say D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Gunther Hashida’s body was discovered on Thursday.

He is the third officer who stood guard during the riot, who has taken their life.

Hashida joined the force in 2003 where he dedicated himself to MPD’s Emergency Response Team within its Special Operations Division.

In a Gofundme page set up for his funeral expenses, Hashida is described as person dedicated to his work and family:

In his work as an officer with the DC Metropolitan Police Department, he worked to serve and protect the public,” organizers wrote of Hashida on the fundraising page. “He was a devoted and loving husband and father.”

The department also released a statement through an email to The Daily Beast:

“We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends.”

A memorial is scheduled for Hashida in Dale City, Virginia, on Friday.