Multiple people were injured during a Bible study session on Saturday afternoon when an alleged member of the congregation stabbed the church’s pastor before being stopped by the congregation member and the area’s Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler who happened to be in attendance, at a Virginia church
The attack took place on Saturday around 3pm at the Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, located about 25 miles west of Washington DC during a Bible study class.
Chance Harrison, 32, an alleged member of the church, entered the venue and stabbed the pastor ‘without provocation’
Brett Fuller, another pastor at the Grace Covenant Church and chaplain to Washington, D.C.’s NFL franchise, testified to the stabbing and confirmed that the suspect was later taken into custody.
“Today, in a routine church educational setting, one of our pastors was assaulted by an attendee,” Fuller said.
“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.”