Fourth U.S. police officer commits suicide after storming Capitol

A fourth U.S. police officer who witnessed the riots at the Capitol building in January has committed suicide. The news was reported Tuesday, August 3, by FOX5 television.

“Kyle DeFreitag committed suicide on July 10. This was his reaction to the events that took place at the Capitol in January,” the network quoted the mother of the deceased officer as saying.

She added that the call to suppress the riots came to him as he was finishing his shift.

DeFreitag had been a U.S. police officer for five years. He was 26 years old at the time of his death.

Earlier in the day, a third U.S. police officer who witnessed a riot at the Capitol building was reported to have committed suicide.

U.S. police officials reported in January that Howard Liebengood, 51, a U.S. police officer, committed suicide Jan. 9, days after storming the congressional building in Washington. The second police officer was Jeffrey Smith. He committed suicide Jan. 15 after 12 years on patrol.