Fairfax Co. Police Chief Injured While Detaining Church Stabbing Suspect

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Fairfax County's police chief was injured Saturday while subduing a suspect who stabbed two people at a church in Chantilly, Virginia, police say.

Police say Chance Harrison, 32, of South Riding, has been charged in the case.

Harrison drove an SUV right up to the front entrance of Grace Covenant Church at 4600 Brookfield Corporate Drive and ran inside before the alleged attack, police said.

A witness told News4 a man walked into a Bible study class at the church and stabbed the pastor leading the class.

Police Chief Ed Roessler, who was at the class, and another person intervened and disarmed the suspect, police said. They were injured during the scuffle, but are expected to be OK.

The two people stabbed suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

"We are in prayer for all the injured. We are grateful for the courage exhibited that prevented worse from happening," Grace Covenant Pastor Brett Fuller said in a statement. "Lastly, we want to thank the broader community for their outpouring of concern and support in this time."


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Fuller told News4 the suspect was a member of the church, but said there was no indication before the attack that the man had an issue with anyone at the church.

An officer with a K9 could be seen looking through the SUV after police taped off the scene.

Harrison was charged Sunday with malicious wounding, felony assault on a police officer and misdemeanor assault. He is being held without bond.

Stay with News4 and for updates to this developing story.

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