Unprovoked Attack – Pentagon Officer Killed by Knife-Wielding Assailant – Suspect Kills Himself with Officer’s Gun

DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia Commons

Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) police officer George Gonzalez was killed Tuesday in a surprise, unprovoked attack by a knife-wielding assailant.  The suspect attacked and killed the officer as soon as he exited a bus at the Pentagon bus stop, then killed himself with officer Gonzalez’s service pistol.

The FBI Washington Field Office stated in a tweet that Gonzalez was stabbed and killed “without provocation.”

The suspect was identified as Austin William Lanz, 27, from Acworth, Georgia. According to the FBI, during the struggle with Gonzalez, Lanz shot himself with the officer’s weapon.

The FBI added that other officers “engaged the subject,” and Lanz died at the scene. A bystander was injured during the incident but was released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

While Gonzalez was likely wearing body armor (Kevlar vest), the attacker apparently stabbed him in the neck, according to some early reports.

Gonzalez, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, was a Senior Officer with three years of service with the PFPA. Gonzalez also previously served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“He took our mission of ‘protecting those who protect our nation’ to heart,” the PFPA said. The agency described him as “gregarious” and “well-liked and respected by his fellow officers.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed his sympathies to the Gonzalez family and ordered flags at the Pentagon to be flown at half-staff.

USA Today reported that PFPA Chief Woodrow Kusse said the incident should spur a security review at the Pentagon.

“There are a number of measures that we have in place out there. Every time an incident occurs, whether it’s here or anywhere else across the nation or in the world, we do after-action (reports) on those, we examine them, we look for things that we can do to improve,” Kusse said.

Investigators are still attempting to identify a potential motive for the attack, but some indications show that Lanz was emotionally disturbed. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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Charles Nolan
1 year ago

A Kevlar neck shield for security people could have a nice comfortable lining. There have been several stories recently about attacks to the neck.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA


1 year ago

Heartbreaking and senseless. God can calm the rage in any heart if it is opened to Him, but people refuse.
Deuteronomy 32:28

1 year ago

The Pentagon has helped in overthrowing foreign government for years, and pushed certain negative , anti-American and democrats agendas for years also. Remember on 9-10- the news was the pentagon lost billions of dollars and the next day , 9-11 happened the useless war was started to distract people and another useless war for corrupt politicians profits while young military men and women and foreign citizens killed and billion in property lost. A massive profit gained for politicians to earn and money laundering! Check out all the way to the end the short utube video titled “Dedicated to NEOCONS” the end shows the answer, check it out if You snowflakes darn!

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