Police search for man who wielded hatchet at Virginia church

TROUTDALE, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police are looking for a man who allegedly showed up to a church and attacked an off-duty trooper with a hatchet before getting away.

The agency said that about 20 people were gathered inside a church in Troutdale on Sunday night when the worshippers heard someone banging on doors. Officials said an off-duty trooper was present and opened the door to find a man armed with a hatchet and alongside a dog.

When the trooper attempted to close the door, the man swung the hatchet and struck the back of the trooper’s hand. The trooper suffered minor injuries and the suspect escaped.

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