As of Tuesday, the National Fraternal Order of Police recorded 67 “ambush-style attacks” on officers year to date, with 83 officers wounded, including 20 who did not survive.
“What we’re witnessing should alarm all Americans: 2021 is on pace to have record levels of officers SHOT and KILLED by gunfire,” the union said in a Wednesday tweet.
There were 220 officers wounded – 40 of whom were killed – in the line of duty by the end of August, the FOP said.
In the beginning of August, a 27-year-old named Austin William Lanz fatally stabbed a Pentagon police officer, George Gonzalez, in an ambush-style attack, officials have said. According to the FBI, Lanz took a bus to the Pentagon Transit Center, where he stabbed the 37-year-old officer in a seemingly unprovoked attack.
Lanz, from Georgia, allegedly shot himself with the officer’s weapon. The FBI said other officers also “engaged” the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.