US capitol riots: Georgia banker shot himself in chest after arrest

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, shot himself dead at his home in Alpharetta on Saturday morning

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, shot himself dead at his home in Alpharetta on Saturday morning

The Georgia banker who killed himself after being arrested at the violent Capitol Hill siege in Washington DC last week has been described by one friend as a ‘dedicated family man’.

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, shot himself dead at his home in Alpharetta on Saturday morning. The father-of-two was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and died by suicide, The Fulton County Medical Examiner confirmed Tuesday.

High school friend Ashley Gunnin told DailyMail.com Wednesday: ‘I am deeply saddened by his death. I hope he can be remembered as the man who loved his family and his daughters dearly.

‘The Chris I knew was nothing like what we have been watching out of DC on tv for a week. Nothing. He loved his family and daughters.’ 

Georgia worked as a regional portfolio manager at BB&T bank, online records show. DailyMail.com has reached out to the company for comment. 

Documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com Tuesday had shown Georgia’s wife called 911 on Saturday morning, telling authorities there was ‘blood everywhere’. His body was found in the basement of the home they share. 

Family members on the scene were described by police as ‘extremely distressed’ in a police report. Officers also removed two semi-automatic SKS rifles from Georgia’s home, the report added.

According to documents from the Superior Court of DC, Georgia had been charged with attempting to ‘enter certain property, that is, the United States Capitol Grounds, against the will of the United States Capitol Police.’

Georgia has been described friends as a 'dedicated family man who loved his daughters'

Georgia has been described friends as a ‘dedicated family man who loved his daughters’

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, was found dead at his home, pictured, in Alpharetta

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, was found dead at his home, pictured, in Alpharetta

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, had been charged with attempting to ¿enter certain property, that is, the United States Capitol Grounds, against the will of the United States Capitol Police'. Pro-Trump supporters are pictured storming the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, had been charged with attempting to ‘enter certain property, that is, the United States Capitol Grounds, against the will of the United States Capitol Police’. Pro-Trump supporters are pictured storming the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday

At around 7:15pm last Wednesday, on the night of the riots, Georgia was reportedly among a group outside in violation of the District’s 6pm curfew that had been put in place earlier that day to stem the chaos wreaked by the pro-Trump mob.

When officers gave the group several warnings to disperse, Georgia and his group reportedly refused, according to the documents. They were then placed under arrest as a result.

Unlawful entry is a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum penalty of up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

The attack on the US Capitol Wednesday happened as members of Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

So far, at least 82 people have been arrested and more than 55 have been charged over the insurrection. Hundreds more are being hunted by the authorities but are yet to be found, including 25 people who are being investigated on terrorism charges.

Others from Georgia arrested so far following the riots are Cleveland Meredith, Grant McHoyt Moore, of Buford, and Eric Munchel, of Dunwoody who is known on social media as ‘zip tie guy.’

So far, at least 82 people have been arrested and more than 55 have been charged over the insurrection, with dozens more being sought after

So far, at least 82 people have been arrested and more than 55 have been charged over the insurrection, with dozens more being sought after

Rioter Ashli Babbit was shot dead after attempting to climb through a shattered window of a barricaded door

Rioter Ashli Babbit was shot dead after attempting to climb through a shattered window of a barricaded door

Cleveland Meredith

Eric Munchel

Others from Georgia arrested so far following the riots are Cleveland Meredith (left) and Eric Munchel (right), of Dunwoody who is known on social media as ‘zip tie guy.’

Five people also died. One protester, Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead as she attempted to climb through a shattered window of a barricaded door near to the chamber. Three protesters died from ‘medical emergencies’ and one officer, Brian Sicknick, died ‘from injuries sustained’ while responding to the attack.

One USCPD officer, Brian Sicknick, died 'from injuries sustained' while responding to the attack

One USCPD officer, Brian Sicknick, died ‘from injuries sustained’ while responding to the attack

Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during a struggle, two law enforcement officials said.

A second member of the Capitol Police, Howard Liebengood, was on duty on Wednesday and died by suicide on Saturday.

Two US Capitol Police officer spoke out yesterday about being subjected to vile racial abuse from members of the MAGA mob as they worked to protect the legislature.

One officer, a veteran of the department, said he was called the N-word upwards of 15 times, while another described being beaten by insurgents, some of whom were wielding Blue Lives Matter flags.

Both of the officers said they encountered out law enforcement officials in the mob, who had flown from all over the country to join in with the rioting.

‘[One guy] pulled out his badge and he said, “We’re doing this for you.” Another guy had his badge. So I was like, “Well, you gotta be kidding”,’ one of the officers said. 

Police department across the country – including in Texas, Washington State, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and California – have opened investigations into whether any of their own officers took part in the Capitol siege. So far, several officers and at least one police chief are facing potential termination or suspension.

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