A 22-year-old man faces charges in connection with two burglaries in Sandy Springs and the murder of an Acworth couple.
Matthew Scott Lanz is being held at Fulton County Jail on multiple charges related to the Sandy Springs incident. He was also charged Saturday afternoon in the murder of an Acworth couple, Sandy Springs Police said on Nov. 20.
“We are extremely grateful our police officers were at the right place at the right time to confront this extremely dangerous and armed individual,” Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone said in a press release. “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 of the dangers our officers face every day and their commitment to keeping our community safe.”
In Sandy Springs, Lanz is charged with two counts of burglary, home invasion, 10 counts of felony obstruction, 10 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, 10 counts of attempted murder on a police officer and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.
In Cobb County, he is being charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of home invasion, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Sandy Springs Police also said that Lanz has been identified as the brother of Austin William Lanz, who is suspected of fatally stabbing a Pentagon police officer in August.
On Friday, Sandy Springs officers were investigating a burglary on Cameron Ridge Drive when they were called to the scene of a burglary in progress on Cameron Glen Drive. An officer was stabbed multiple times before the suspect was shot to stop the attack.
Another officer dragged the injured officer out of the home and began first aid. The injured officer has been released from Grady Hospital after treatment for multiple stab wounds. He is doing extremely well and is recovering at home with his loved ones, police said.
The residents of the home were not injured.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Needham at CNeedham@SandySpringsGa.Gov or 770-551-2563.