January 18, 2021
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Georgia Man Charged In U.S. Capitol Attack Dies By Suicide

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Topline

A 53-year-old Georgia man who faced charges in connection to last Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol has died by suicide, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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Key Facts

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Saturday, the medical examiner’s office told NBC affiliate 11Alive and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Police records obtained by the AJC show that Stanton was found in the basement of his home. 

Officers removed two rifles from his home and initially labeled the death as “under investigation.” 

Georgia was arrested on Wednesday evening for attempting unlawful entry onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and for violating Washington, D.C.’s 6 p.m. curfew.

Georgia pleaded not guilty to charges in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes

Tangent 

A LinkedIn page that appears to belong to Georgia listed him as a regional portfolio manager at BB&T, a bank holding company that merged with SunTrust in 2019 to become Truist Financial, up until his death. BB&T did immediately verify this information with Forbes

Key Background 

Five people died on the day of the siege, including a rioter who was shot inside the building, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who died from injuries sustained while protecting the Capitol building, and three people who, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, died of “medical emergencies.” Axios reported that one of the three medical emergency deaths was a woman who was crushed to death during the breach. A second U.S. Capitol Police officer, who had responded to Wednesday’s siege died by suicide on Saturday. 

Further Reading

“Another Capitol Police Death: Officer Dies By Suicide After Responding To Pro-Trump Riot” (Forbes)

“Woman Possibly ‘Crushed To Death’: These Are The Five People Who Died Amid Pro-Trump Riots” (Forbes)