Matthew Lanz: Atlanta-area man accused of killing couple in their home and stabbing police officer

Matthew Scott Lanz, 22, was arrested in Sandy Springs, Georgia on Friday after allegedly stabbing a police officer, who was responding to an ongoing burglary, according to a press release from the Sandy Springs Police Department (SSPD.)

Officers discovered Lanz inside the residence upon arrival and a confrontation ensued, the statement said. The agents attempted unsuccessfully to subdue Lanz by using a Taser on him, he said, and it was at this point that Lanz repeatedly stabbed one of the agents who responded.

“A deputy officer who witnessed the attack shot the suspect in an attempt to stop the stabbing. The injured officer was rushed to a local hospital where he was treated for his multiple injuries. “, says the press release. The injured officer was later released from hospital, update says tweeted by SSPD Saturday.

Lanz was also sent to a hospital in the area after the shooting, officials said.

Lanz had no connection with the neighborhood where the burglary took place and did not know the owners, police said.

According to SSPD, Lanz is the brother of Austin William Lanz, the man who, according to the FBI, fatally stabbed a Pentagon police officer on August 3, before committing suicide with the officer’s service weapon.

Couple killed in their house

Lanz was later identified as the suspect in the murder of a husband and wife Thursday in Acworth, where he lives, according to a press release from the Cobb County Police Department. Acworth is approximately 25 miles northwest of Sandy Springs.

Cobb County Police identified the victims as Timothy Justin Hicks, 31, and his wife Amber Hicks, 31. Firefighters in neighboring Cherokee County confirmed on their Facebook page that Hicks had been a firefighter in the department for more than six years.

The couple were found dead at their home from gunshot wounds. Cobb County Police said a 2-year-old was also in the house but was not injured. Investigators said in the statement that the incident appeared to have happened overnight, but did not give a specific timeline.

Lanz faces two counts of murder and several other counts, including home invasion, aggravated assault, possession of weapons and attempted murder in connection with the two incidents, according to the SSPD. In Cobb County, the statement said he is charged with two counts of murder, aggravated assault, home invasion and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

CNN has contacted Lanz’s duty counsel for comment, but has not received a response.

Lanz was transferred to Fulton County Jail after being released from hospital, the SSPD and Cobb County said in their statements. He is still in detention, according to prison records.

Court records show he made his first court appearance on Friday. His next court date has yet to be released.

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