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Man Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Neighbors and Stabbing Police Officer

Man Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Neighbors and Stabbing Police Officer

Austin Lanz and Matthew Lanz

Austin Lanz and Matthew Lanz

Suspect in murder of Georgia couple is a man who allegedly stabbed a police officer in another city

Police said Saturday that Matthew Lanz, the 22-year-old suspect in the stabbing of a Sandy Springs officer during a home intrusion on Friday, was the suspect in the murder of a young couple in Acworth this week.

Records show Lanz was a resident of a neighboring property to the house where Justin and Amber Hicks were found killed in their home on Thursday. Their 2-year-old son was found in the home unharmed.

Sandy Springs Police Department Press Release

The Sandy Springs Police Department has assisted the Cobb County Police Department with a double homicide investigation in Acworth, GA (Cobb County) on November 18th. The investigation has revealed that suspect, Matthew Lanz who repeatedly stabbed one of our officers yesterday after breaking into a home on Cameron Glen Drive is the same person responsible for burglarizing a home in Acworth, GA and murdering a husband and wife. Cobb County Police Detectives have now charged 22-year-old Matthew Lanz with the following:

• 2 counts of felony murder
• 2 counts of aggravated assault
• 1 count of home invasion
• 1 count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony

The suspect has been released from the hospital and is now in custody at the Fulton County Jail where he is facing the below Sandy Springs Charges:

• 1 count of burglary in the 1st degree for the Cameron Ridge Drive incident
• 1 count of burglary in the 1st degree for the Cameron Glen Drive incident
• 1 count of home invasion in the 1st degree
• 10 counts of felony obstruction
• 10 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer
• 10 counts of attempted murder on a police officer
• 1 count of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony
• 1 count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit

“We are extremely grateful our police officers were at the right place at the right time to confront this extremely dangerous and armed individual. The quick response by our officers potentially saved the lives of the homeowners, as we now know this suspect had murdered two homeowners previously in a similar burglary in Cobb County. This incident is a testament to the dangers our officers face every day and their commitment to keeping our community safe,” said Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone.

Additionally, Matthew Lanz has been identified as the brother of the suspect, Austin William Lanz responsible for stabbing and causing the death of a Pentagon police officer this past August outside the Pentagon.

Our injured Officer, despite receiving multiple stab wounds has been released from Grady Hospital. He is doing extremely well and is recovering at home with his loved ones.

We are asking anyone with additional information on this case to contact Detective Needham at [email protected] or by calling 770-551-2563.

Additionally, we are asking residents that live in the vicinity to check their Ring Door cameras or exterior surveillance cameras for anyone suspicious captured yesterday (11/19) between the hours of 6:00 AM and 8:40 AM.

Original Release:

Sandy Springs Police Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a home on Cameron Glen Dr. Once Officers arrived, they located the suspect still inside the home and a confrontation took place. The suspect ran towards one of the officers and stabbed him multiple times. A backup 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 received treatment for his multiple wounds and was listed in stable condition. The suspect, shot at least one time was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. A second officer was also injured as a result of a bullet fragment hitting his hand.

Incident:

This morning just after 8:30 AM, residents from a home on Cameron Glen Drive called 911 to report an intruder inside their residence. Prior to receiving this call, Officers were at the scene of another reported burglary nearby on Cameron Ridge Drive. Those officers immediately responded to the in-progress crime and arrived within a few minutes to find the suspect still inside. Officers attempted less intrusive methods such as the use of a Taser to subdue the suspect; however, the Taser did not have an effect on him. Once the suspect started stabbing the officer multiple times, at least one officer shot the suspect to stop the attack. An additional officer was able to drag the officer out of the home and started rendering first aid. Once the suspect was no longer a threat, Officers provided first aid until the arrival of paramedics.

The residents of this home were not injured during this incident and are currently being interviewed by our Detectives. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested to assist with the investigation of the Officer Involved Shooting. Sandy Springs Police Detectives are investigating the burglary and assault on those officers at the scene. Lastly, our Detectives were able to corroborate that this suspect was also responsible for burglarizing the home on Cameron Ridge Drive earlier.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Matthew Scott Lanz from Acworth. Mr. Lanz had no connection to this neighborhood and was unknown to the homeowners.

Matthew Lanz has been charged with the following:

• 1 count of burglary in the 1st degree for the Cameron Ridge Drive incident
• 1 count of burglary in the 1st degree for the Cameron Glen Drive incident
• 1 count of home invasion in the 1st degree
• 10 counts of felony obstruction
• 10 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer
• 10 counts of attempted murder on a police officer
• 1 count of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony
• 1 count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit

Once the suspect is released from the hospital, he will be booked at the Fulton County Jail on the above charges.

We are asking anyone with additional information on this case to contact Detective Needham at [email protected] or by calling 770-551-2563. Additionally, we are asking residents that live in the vicinity to check their Ring Door cameras or exterior surveillance cameras for anyone suspicious captured today between the hours of 6:00 AM and 8:40 AM.

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