The Department of Defense identified George Gonzalez as the police officer killed in Tuesday’s attack at the Pentagon’s Metro bus platform. According to a statement released Wednesday morning, Mr. Gonzalez, 37, was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and had been a Pentagon police officer since 2018.
“Officer Gonzalez embodied our values of integrity and service to others,” the statement said. “As we mourn the loss of Officer Gonzalez, our commitment to serve and protect is stronger.”
The Pentagon has not released a detailed account of the attack, which killed Mr. Gonzalez and one other person. Chief Woodrow G. Kusse of the Pentagon police force said Tuesday afternoon that during the attack, “gunfire was exchanged, and there were several casualties.”
The attack at the Pentagon’s Metro bus platform, just outside of one of the Pentagon’s major entrances, happened at approximately 10:37 a.m. Eastern and resulted in the building being locked down for more than an hour.
Neither the F.B.I., which is leading the investigation into the attack, nor the Department of Defense has released any details on the assailant, and the identity of the second person who died in the incident is unknown.
Since joining the force, Mr. Gonzalez had been promoted twice and held the rank of senior officer at the time of his death, according to the Defense Department.
Mr. Gonzalez previously served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Transportation Security Administration, and the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for service in Iraq, the statement said.
Mr. Gonzalez was a graduate of New York City’s Canarsie High School.
The Pentagon declined to release information about his surviving family members, and a message sent to the F.B.I. requesting additional information was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.