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Hero Down: Pentagon Police Officer George Gonzalez Murdered In Ambush Outside U.S. Military Headquarters

Arlington, VA – Pentagon Force Protection Agency Officer George Gonzalez was ambushed and stabbed to death on the Metro bus platform at the Pentagon Transit Center on Tuesday.

Officer Gonzalez was on patrol just after 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 by the bus platform when he was ambushed by a man with a knife, the Associated Press reported.

Law enforcement sources told the Associated Press that 27-year-old Austin William Lanz ran at Officer Gonzalez and stabbed him in the neck.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that after he mortally wounded the officer, Lanz took Officer Gonzalez’s weapon and eventually used it to shoot himself.

Officer Gonzalez was transported to George Washington University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Investigators have not yet determined Lanz’s motive for the attack, the Associated Press reported.

Witness Dave Statter told WRC that he heard at least a dozen gunshots during the chaos.

Statter said he saw CPR being performed on two people afterwards.

Officer Gonzalez, 37, was a three-year veteran of the Pentagon police force, Politico reported.

He had been promoted twice and attained the rank of senior officer in 2020 before he was killed in the line of duty.

Officer Gonzalez was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge for his service in Iraq, the Military Times reported.

The Secretary of Defense ordered flags at the Pentagon complex lowered to half-staff to honor the murdered hero, Politico reported.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, loved ones and colleagues of the Pentagon Force Protection Officer who died as a result of injuries he received this morning,” U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement on Tuesday night.

“This fallen officer died in the line of duty, helping protect the tens of thousands of people who work in — and who visit — the Pentagon on a daily basis,” Austin said. “This tragic death today is a stark reminder of the dangers they face and the sacrifices they make. We are forever grateful for that service and the courage with which it is rendered.”

Officer Gonzalez, a Brooklyn native, was remembered as a friendly guy and a rabid Yankees fan, the Military Times reported.

Prior to joining the Pentagon police force, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pentagon Force Protection Agency Officer George Gonzalez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer George Gonzalez, your life mattered.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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