The suspect who killed a police officer near the Pentagon shot himself with the officer’s gun: FBI

Metrobus outside the Pentagon
Emergency first responders investigate the scene of a shooting with multiple victims at a mass transit station outside the Pentagon on August 03, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • The suspect who killed a police officer outside the Pentagon on Tuesday used the officer’s service weapon to shoot himself, the FBI said.
  • The suspect – Austin William Lanz – exited a bus and attacked PFPA Officer George Gonzalez without provocation, according to the FBI.
  • Authorities have not released a motive yet in the case.
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The suspect who stabbed and killed a police officer at a transit hub outside the Pentagon on Tuesday used the officer’s service weapon to shoot himself, the FBI said Wednesday.

According to the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Austin William Lanz of Georgia, exited a Metrobus outside the Pentagon at around 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday. Immediately and without provocation the man attacked Pentagon Force Protection Agency Officer George Gonzalez, according to the FBI.

The Pentagon went into lockdown just before 11 a.m. Tuesday after reports of gunfire at the facility transit hub, which houses bus stops and a Metro station entrance.

The attack “severely” wounded the officer, the FBI said. The two struggled and the suspect stabbed the officer, killing him, according to the FBI. Then he took the officer’s gun and shot himself, the FBI said.

“Other PFPA officers engaged the subject, who ultimately died at the scene,” the FBI said in a statement.

A bystander was also injured and taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released, according to the FBI.

No motive has been released in the deadly incident.