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The only thing that stops a crazy guy with a hatchet is a good guy with a gun? (Michigan)

An off-duty Detroit police officer was sitting his church pew for a quiet Sunday morning (June 13th). That quiet was just the calm before the storm.

Hearing a commotion in front of the church, the off-duty officer went outside to find people running away from a deranged axe-wielding man. According to witnesses the deranged man was quickly approaching and appeared determined to harm people.

As the off-duty officer approached and tried to de-escalate the situation, the axe-wielding man attacked. The off-duty officer was struck in the leg and fell to the ground. That's when the attacker lifted the axe and swung at the off-duty officer.

The off-duty officer was able to draw his handgun and fire, critically wounding the man.

Police have released that the attacker has a history of mental illness. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

The officer was treated on scene and released.