Who was Austin William Lanz?
Austin William Lanz was the suspect who was reportedly accused of stabbing a Pentagon police officer at a metro station just steps away from the Pentagon on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Three people were injured, including the Pentagon official, who later died, officials said. Lanz was killed by gunfire during the attack.
The officer was stabbed in the area of the Metro bus platform that is part of the Pentagon Transit Center
— Anna-Lysa Gayle (@AnnaLysaGayle) August 4, 2021
How old was Austin William Lanz?
Austin William Lanz was 27 years old at the time of death.
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Police allege Lanz attacked the Pentagon police officer, stabbing him on the Metrobus platform outside the Pentagon Metro station at about 10:30 a.m. This prompted a lockdown at the Pentagon.
The slain police officer has not yet been identified.
We are following the developing story at the Pentagon. An officer was killed after being stabbed near the Pentagon metro station. The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Austin William Lanz.
This morning flags fly at half-staff as the investigation continues. @wusa9 @GetUpDC pic.twitter.com/82QNoigpMO
— Nicole D’Antonio (@NicoleDiAntonio) August 4, 2021
Less than two hours after the stabbing and shooting, the lockdown was lifted.
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The Associated Press reported that Lanz “ambushed” the fallen officer, citing sources who said Lanz “ran at him and stabbed him in the neck. Responding officers then shot and killed Lanz.” According to The Washington Post, Kusse “repeatedly deflected reporters’ questions about what had happened” in the incident during the Tuesday afternoon press conference, but he did say that “gunfire was exchanged,” the Associated Press reported.
Early reports indicated that the suspect may have entered a railcar and could be headed north toward Maryland.
However, law enforcement later said the suspect was shot and killed on the scene.
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The Associated Press reported that in October 2012, Lanz enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps but according to the Corps “was administratively separated less than a month later and never earned the title Marine.”
Pentagon Police Force Stabbing Murder Suspect is Austin William Lanz (27) from Acworth, Georgia in Cobb County.
Arrested & Charged 4/24/21, jailed, released in May after bail reduction, ordered to not use illicit drugs & undergo an UNDONE mental health evaluation‼️ pic.twitter.com/mqKdFmTCTq
— @OneJurorMatters (@OneJurorMatters) August 4, 2021
Court records in Cobb County, Georgia, indicate Lanz was arrested in April 2021 and charged with criminal trespass and burglary. Lanz’s court records show a judge reduced his bail amount to $30,000 in May 2021, setting conditions that included prohibiting him from using illegal drugs and ordering a mental health evaluation.
The case was still pending when Lanz died, court records show.
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Independent journalist Dave Statter was in the area when he heard shots ring out at the metro station and saw a body on the ground, he wrote on Twitter. He shared videos from the scene, which showed Pentagon police attempting to revive two victims who were shot at the upper level of the transport station.
“This video is at 10:49 am as Pentagon police work…,” he wrote on Twitter.
Statter told ARLNow.com he heard “at least a dozen shots.”
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Investigators have not yet released any information on the motive behind the shooting.
The FBI is leading the investigation, officials said in a press conference.
The lockdown at the Pentagon lasted for about two hours before the Department of Defense issued a statement saying the area was secure but remained a crime scene.