The suspect was shot dead.
The Associated Press, citing officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, reported that the officer was stabbed. The suspect was shot by law enforcement officers and died on the spot.
In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed his “deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues” of the deceased Pentagon security officer.
“An investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of today’s incident,” Austin said. – We must make sure that the investigation goes smoothly and without speculation. In the meantime, we will remember the family of the deceased officer and his colleagues and provide them with all possible support.”
At a press conference, Pentagon Police Chief Woodrow Kusse said that there was a shootout, which resulted in numerous injuries.
Kusse did not provide information about the attacker or a possible motive.
“I promise to return as soon as possible with further details, but I cannot make them public now,” he said.
“At morning, around 10:37, a Pentagon police officer was attacked at a bus stop. There was a shootout. There were several victims. The incident has been resolved, the scene is safe, and most importantly, there is no further threat to our community,” Kusse said.
He noted that the FBI is conducting the investigation.
According to ABC News, the attacker was identified as Austin William Lanz from Georgia. He also died as a result of the incident.
Lanz joined the Marine Corps on October 9, 2012, but was suspended administratively on November 2, 2012, without receiving the rank of Marine, the TV Company reported, citing information from the Marine Corps.
In April, he was arrested in Cobb County in Georgia on several charges, including aggravated battery of a police officer, rioting in a correctional facility, as well as acts or threats of terrorism, ABC News reported, citing county court documents posted online.
The judge who considered this case demanded that Lanz undergo a mental health and drug addiction examination, and he was released on bail of 30 thousand dollars.
The FBI office in Atlanta is also investigating Lanz, ABC News reported.
The exit from the Pentagon building was banned for several hours, and public transport was redirected to other routes. Later, the Pentagon reopened.
The Pentagon Security Service said the area remains an “active crime scene.”
In 2010, two employees of the Pentagon Security Service were injured after an armed man approached them at a security checkpoint. The officers managed to shoot the attacker.