Hicks family

Amber and Justin Hicks are pictured here with their son, who was unharmed during a shooting this week that left both his parents dead.

Cobb police have identified the man they believe is responsible for the murder of an Acworth couple this week. 

Acworth's Matthew Lanz, 22, has been charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, home invasion, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to Cobb Police Department spokesman Wayne Delk.

Lanz is being held in the Fulton County Jail on charges related to Friday's stabbing of a Sandy Springs police officer.

Cobb police found Justin Hicks and his wife Amber, both 31, dead from gunshot wounds in their Acworth home near Bells Ferry Road on Thursday morning. 

Cherokee firefighter, wife, killed in apparent double homicide in Acworth

Police also found in that home the couple’s 2-year-old toddler, who was unharmed. The toddler is now with family members, according to Cobb police.

A day later, Sandy Springs police responded to a reported burglary. When they arrived, an officer was attacked by Lanz, according to Sandy Springs police. Another officer shot Lanz, who was treated at a local hospital, police said.

Lanz is a student at the University of Georgia, according to Fox 5 Atlanta, and a Fulton County judge denied his attorney's request for bond. 

Sandy Springs police confirmed Lanz is the younger brother of Austin William Lanz, who fatally stabbed a Pentagon police officer in August. 

FBI: Acworth man fatally stabbed Pentagon officer 'without provocation'

FBI officials said Austin Lanz got off a bus at the Pentagon Transit Center in Arlington, Virginia Aug. 3 and “immediately, without provocation, attacked Pentagon Force Protection Agency Officer George Gonzalez with a knife, severely wounding him.” During the ensuing struggle, Austin Lanz “mortally wounded” Gonzalez and then shot himself with the officer’s weapon, according to the FBI. 


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gee whiz

Looks like we need to build that wall. Around Acworth.

Allie Bradford

You actually thought that was a comment worthy of this article? You need help.

gee whiz

You're right. This was not the place for that, and I apologize.

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