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Officer shoots hatchet-wielding man outside church
Hatchet-wielding man critically wounded after attacking off-duty officer at Detroit church

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 14, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say an off-duty officer shot and wounded a 27-year-old man who attacked him with a hatchet during services at a northwest Detroit church.

Police spokesman Officer Adam Madera says the injured officer is a member of Citadel of Praise church and was trying to calm down the man about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Madera says the man is believed to have a mental illness. The spokesman says the man attacked the officer with the hatchet outside the church.

Madera says the officer fell but was able to reach his handgun and shoot the man. Madera says another officer responding to a 911 call also shot the man, who was hospitalized in critical condition Monday.

Madera says the off-duty officer received minor leg injuries.