Fairfax County Police chief injured taking down attacker in Chantilly church stabbing

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CHANTILLY, Va. (WJLA Newsroom) — Multiple people were injured, including Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler, in a stabbing at a Chantilly church Saturday afternoon, police say.

Roessler was at the church at the time of the attack and was injured as he helped to take down the attacker at Grace Covenant Church.

The attack happened at about 3 p.m. at the church in the 4600 block of Brookfield Corporate Dr.

Two people were treated for non-serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

A pastor at the church issued the following statement:

Greetings,

Today, in a routine church educational setting, one of our pastors was assaulted by an attendee. Two church members came to the pastor’s aid and valiantly risked their own lives to defend him. In the process, one of our members was injured. The pastor and one of the members are being treated at Reston Hospital for non life-threatening injuries. The other member involved sustained injuries that did not require medical attention. The assailant was taken into captivity at the scene.

We are in prayer for all the injured. We are grateful for the courage exhibited that prevented worse from happening. Lastly, we want to thank the broader community for their outpouring of concern and support in this time.

In Him,

Brett Fuller

Pastor, Grace Covenant Church-gracecov.org

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