The FBI mentioned a person acquired off a bus on the Pentagon Transit Middle in Arlington, Va. round 10:40 a.m. Tuesday and “with out provocation” attacked Pentagon police officer George Gonzalez with a knife, severely wounding him.
A wrestle ensued and the suspect “mortally wounded” Gonzalez earlier than taking pictures himself with the officer’s service weapon.
Different Pentagon law enforcement officials engaged the suspect, who in the end died on the scene, the FBI mentioned.
The suspect was later recognized as 27-year-old Austin William Lanz.
Gonzalez joined the Pentagon Drive Safety Company (PFPA) as a police officer on July 22, 2018 and had beforehand served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Transportation Safety Administration and U.S. Military.
The PFPA issued an announcement on behalf of Gonzalez’s household saying the company was “heartbroken over the dying of our son and brother, however we’re so very pleased with the life he lived.”
“George devoted his life to serving his nation; first within the navy, after which, as a regulation enforcement officer, he continued to serve members of and residents of this nation,” PFPA mentioned.
No potential motive has been introduced. The FBI is investigating the case.
Courtroom data obtained by The Related Press present that Lanz was arrested final April for a break-in at a neighbor’s house in Cobb County, Georgia.
He was recorded on video by the safety system roaming the home for 13 minutes, turning on all of the lights. He left with out taking something, in accordance with arrest experiences and court docket filings.
After the house owner supplied the video to regulation enforcement, Lanz was arrested and booked on fees of housebreaking and trespassing fees.
As he was being processed on the county jail, Lanz allegedly attacked two sheriff’s deputies within the consumption space with out provocation, together with one who sustained a chipped bone and torn ligament in her knee.
The April break-in was the end result of a harassment marketing campaign that concerned sexually express and “vaguely threatening” messages that Lanz was caught on surveillance digital camera slipping into the mailbox of the neighboring house the place Phillip Brent and his then-fiancee lived.
The harassment briefly stopped after the police, offered with the video footage, confronted Lanz with a warning, Brent mentioned.
Lanz had additionally enlisted within the Marine Corps in October 2012 however was “administratively separated” lower than a month later and by no means earned the title Marine, the Corps mentioned.
Fox Information’ Danielle Wallace and The Related Press contributed to this report.