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Charges filed in Virginia church stabbing

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 15:12:16-04

CHANTILLY, Va. -- 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 Sunday 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.

WRC-TV reports that Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler was in a Bible study class at Grace Covenant Church on Saturday when a man walked into the room and stabbed the pastor leading the class.

Roessler and another person disarmed the suspect, police said.

Police said two people suffered injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.