Who was Austin William Lanz? Bio, Wiki, Age, Killed Pentagon Police Officer

Austin William Lanz Bio/Wiki

Austin William Lanz, a male suspect who was allegedly suspected of stabbing a cop in Georgia, allegedly stabbed a Pentagon police officer to death.

The cop was injured on Tuesday as gunshots erupted outside of The Pentagon’s transportation station.

[UPDATE] George Gonzalez, an Army veteran and member of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, was recognized by the Defense Department on Wednesday as the police officer slain in an incident outside the Pentagon on Tuesday.

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He was 27 years old.

Austin William Lanz Killed Pentagon Police Officer Full Details

At this moment, the motive for the attack remains unknown.

According to The Associated Press, the suspect, 27-year-old William Lanz of Georgia, died at the scene after being shot by police enforcement.

The Pentagon was put on lockdown shortly after 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday when a police officer was attacked on a bus platform. Gunshots erupted during the violence, according to Pentagon Force Protection Agency chief Woodrow Kusse, resulting in “many injuries.”

Officials who wished to remain anonymous and were not authorized to discuss the matter confirmed the two deaths to the Associated Press. Two onlookers are also thought to have been hurt.

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Lanz ambushed the officer and stabbed him in the neck, according to two law enforcement authorities.

Two law enforcement officers told ABC News that after stabbing the officer, Lanz disarmed him and shot him with his own gun. The officers fatally shot Lanz in response to the attack, however, it is unclear whether the suspect shot himself or was killed by responding officers.

In addition, an inquiry into the attack’s motive is ongoing. Lanz was detained earlier this year after purportedly enlisting in the US Marine Corps in 2012 and being “administratively separated” barely a month later.

Lanz Was Previously Arrested

According to online court records obtained by AP, Lanz was arrested in April in Cobb County, Georgia, on criminal trespassing and burglary charges.

On the same day as his detention, a separate criminal case was filed against Lanz with six additional allegations, including two counts of aggravated battery on police, one count of making a terrorist threat, and one act of rioting in a prison institution, according to court documents.

According to the records, Lanz’s bond was decreased by a court, and he was released – on the condition that he refrain from using illegal narcotics and undergo a mental health evaluation.

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