According to the police, one suspect has been taken into custody after the incident. The investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Fairfax County Police responded for reports of stabbing at Grove Covenant Church on Saturday around 3 p.m. local time, confirming that two people were injured and one suspect taken into custody. Both injuries, however, were said to be non-life-threatening.
Social media users reported that at least four people were injured. Local media also said that Fairfax Police Chief Edwin Roessler was injured during the attack, however, police only confirmed that he was present on the scene and helped arrest the suspect.
“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,” said Brett Fuller of Grace Covenant Church, cited by MSN.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Officers responded around 3pm for a reported stabbing at Grove Covenant Church, 4600 Brookfield Corp Dr Chantilly. Preliminarily, 2 people stabbed- both non-life threatening. FCPD Chief Roessler was on-scene and helped subdue suspect who was arrested. More info to follow. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/fE1e5Xisuu
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) July 18, 2020
Reports suggest that one of the people from the group event at the church went after the pastor in charge of the session. Photos allegedly made on the scene show police presence in the area.
Fairfax County Police are on the scene of a reported stabbing at Grace Covenant Church. Some type of church service was happening when the incident occurred. Several people are being treated for non serious, non life threatening injuries. @ABC7News pic.twitter.com/t1lao6EjgF
— Tobias Rodriguez (@tobiasjrod) July 18, 2020
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