UPDATE: Virginia man charged for stabbing two people in church before restrained by local police chief

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UPDATE 3:08 p.m.:

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man is facing charges after police say he stabbed two people inside a church and had to be restrained by members of the congregation, including a police chief.

Fairfax County Police said they’ve charged Chance Harrison, 32, with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of felony assault on a police officer, and one count of misdemeanor assault.

Police said the church was holding an education event on Saturday afternoon when Harrison entered and stabbed a staff member. He was confronted and subdued by Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler, Jr. and other congregants of the church before police officers arrived.

Two people with stab wounds were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Roessler received medical attention for what police said are minor injuries.

Harrison was not injured, police said. He is being held without bond.

Fairfax County has a population of more than 1.1 million.

Original Story

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) -– Fairfax County’s Police Chief Ed Roessler was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after attempting to detain a man who allegedly walked into a church Saturday afternoon and stabbed multiple people.

According to police, they responded to Grace Covenant Church on Brookefield Corporate Drive Saturday, July 18. Witnesses on scene claim a man walked into the church and stabbed the pastor leading the service.

At this time, the pastor’s condition is unknown and one other person was transported with minor injuries while detaining the alleged stabber.

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