A South Riding man is facing charges after two people were stabbed inside of a Chantilly church Saturday afternoon.
Officers responded around 3 p.m. to Grace Covenant Church located at 4600 Brookfield Corporate Drive for a reported stabbing. When officers arrived, Chance Harrison, 32, of South Riding, was being restrained by several members of the congregation including Fairfax County Chief of Police Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County police said in a news release. Harrison was taken into custody without further incident. He was not injured.
Detectives have preliminarily determined that the church was hosting an educational event when Harrison entered and stabbed a staff member without provocation, police said.
A man intervened and was also stabbed. Harrison was subsequently confronted and subdued by Chief Roessler and several others, the news release said. A knife believed to have been used by Harrison was recovered from the scene.
Both stabbing victims were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Chief Roessler received medical attention for what are preliminarily believed to be minor injuries.
Harrison was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of felony assault on a police officer and one count of misdemeanor assault. He is being held without bond.
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A witness told NBC News4 that a man walked into a Bible study class and stabbed the pastor leading the class.