Assailant in Pentagon police killing was booted out of Marines, recently arrested


This April 2021 picture supplied by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office reveals a reserving picture of Austin Williams Lanz. On Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, a Pentagon police officer died after being stabbed throughout a burst of violence at a transit middle exterior the constructing, and a suspect was shot by regulation enforcement and died on the scene.

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office through AP

The man who killed a Pentagon police officer this week was kicked out of the U.S. Marines and had recently been arrested in Georgia for a number of felony expenses, court docket data say. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday recognized the person as Austin William Lanz, 27, of Acworth, Georgia. Lanz exited a bus on the Pentagon Transit Center Tuesday morning and instantly attacked Officer George Gonzalez, 37, with out provocation, fatally stabbing him. 

Lanz then shot himself with the officer’s service gun and died on the scene after different officers engaged him, in response to the FBI.  

Lanz enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 2012, however was “administratively separated” a month later, in response to a press release from Maj. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps spokesman. 

In April of this yr, Lanz was arrested in suburban Atlanta on housebreaking and felony trespassing expenses, in response to Cobb County, Georgia court docket data. He confronted an extra six expenses on the identical day he was arrested.

Lanz had compelled himself into a personal Atlanta residence with a crowbar on April 24, and was caught on digicam leaving “inappropriate photographs and notes” in its mailbox on quite a few events earlier than his arrest, in response to the court docket data. 

He additionally attacked two deputies “without warning” when he was being positioned in the Cobb County detention middle, in response to the court docket data. Lanz tore one deputy’s ACL and chipped a bone in her knee, and dislocated one other deputy’s thumb. 

He additionally broken one of the deputy’s tasers “beyond repair,” the data stated.

Lanz confronted two expenses of aggravated batter on police and one cost of felony injury to property in consequence. He needed to be “restrained by multiple deputies” following the assaults, in response to the court docket data.

Among the opposite expenses he confronted was making a terrorist risk and rioting in a penal establishment, the court docket data say.

Lanz challenged the deputies to battle, calling them “gay” for ganging up on him and demanding that his restraints be eliminated so he may he battle them “one-on-one,” in response to the court docket data.

A choose lowered his bond in May to $30,000 and launched him, however imposed some situations, according to the Associated Press. The situations included that he bear a psychological well being analysis and never ingest unlawful medicine.

A spokesperson for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Lanz had beforehand been held on the company’s detention middle, however referred all different inquiries to the FBI, the Associated Press reported.

Tuesday’s assault positioned the Pentagon constructing on lockdown for greater than an hour. One civilian bystander was additionally injured in the incident, however has since been launched from the hospital, according to the FBI.

The Pentagon Transit Center will resume regular operations on Thursday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency stated on Twitter.

Woodrow Kusse, the police chief of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, stated at a press convention Tuesday that authorities will not be in search of one other suspect: “The incident is over, the scene is secure, and most importantly, there is no continuing threat to our community,” he stated.

The FBI stated on Wednesday that it was persevering with its investigation into the assault.

Gonzalez, the police officer killed by Lanz, had served with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency since 2018 and attained the rank of senior officer in 2020. 

This undated picture supplied by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency reveals Pentagon Police Officer George Gonzalez. On Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, Gonzalez died after being stabbed throughout a burst of violence at a transit middle exterior the Pentagon constructing, and a suspect was shot by regulation enforcement and died on the scene.

Pentagon Force Protection Agency through AP

He was a army and police veteran that previously served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Transportation Security Administration and United States Army.

Gonzalez additionally acquired an Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, provided condolences to his household throughout a Wednesday press briefing.

“His life was one of service,” Psaki stated. “He lost his life protecting those who protect the nation.”

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency on Wednesday additionally posted a press release from the Gonzalez household on Twitter.

“We are heartbroken over the death of our son and brother, but we are so very very proud of the life he lived,” his household wrote in the assertion.

“George devoted his life to serving his country; first in the military, and then, as a law enforcement officer, he continued to serve by protecting service members and citizens of this country.”

Correction: This story has been up to date to mirror the right spelling for Officer George Gonzalez

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