A police officer has died following a violent attack near the Pentagon transit center in Virginia on Tuesday, officials say.
The Pentagon was temporarily placed under lockdown after a suspect stabbed a Pentagon police officer near the bus platform around 10:30 a.m. The suspect was then shot by law enforcement and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The chief of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Woodrow Kusse, said in a press conference that, “The incident is over, the scene is secure, and most importantly, there is no continuing threat to our community.”
The identity of the suspect was then revealed to be Austin William Lanz, 27, of Georgia.
The Associated Press reports that the deaths of the officer and assailant were first reported by two anonymous officials. They said that Lanz ran up to the officer and stabbed him in the neck. Responding officers then shot and killed him.
The exact details are still unknown but the FBI has assured that they will be leading the investigation.
Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin released a statement later Tuesday in which he offers convalescences to the officer’s family,
“On behalf of everyone working at the Pentagon, and across the Department of Defense, 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,” the statement said.
“He and his fellow officers are members of the Pentagon family, and known to us all as professional, skilled and brave.” he adds, “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.”