The Pentagon Force Protection Agency has announced the identity of the officer who was killed during the attack that occurred this week at the Pentagon. Officer George Gonzalez was killed during the incident that transpired at the Pentagon bus station on Tuesday.
The attacker was shot and killed by officers responding to the incident.
Gonzalez joined the Pentagon Force Protection Agency as an officer on July 22, 2018, and in that time, he had been promoted twice. He attained the rank of senior officer last year, and he was “well-liked and respected by his fellow officers,” the department said in a statement.
Before joining the Pentagon police force, Gonzalez spent time with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Army, where he was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq.
Officials revealed that the suspect ambushed Gonzalez, stabbing him in the neck just before he was shot to death by other police officers on the scene.
“Officer Gonzalez embodied our values of integrity and service to others,” the statement went on to say. “As we mourn the loss of Officer Gonzalez, our commitment to serve and protect is stronger. Officer Gonzalez’s family is in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.”
Gonzalez spent his childhood in New York and was known as a hardcore fan of the Yankees.