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Man armed with sword shot at Scientology Church near Los Angeles

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To Alex Johnson

LOS ANGELES – A man with a sword that arrived In a luxury car, a Scientology church building was shot dead Wednesday in a church building, police said Officers would not have sustained life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Many details remained unclear about the Incident in the Church of Scientology near Inglewood Los Angeles, including whether the suspect had a gun and whether he shot the officers. The police said the officers, none of whom were immediately identified, were shot in the hands and arms and hospitalized.

The Inglewood police responded that they responded to a call that a man was in church with a sword on Wednesday afternoon. They said the man who arrived in a white Bentley, parked outside the church building, was shot in the head and later died.

No one else was injured, police said, and there was not any immediate information about the suspect In addition, he was a man.

The church said it is cooperating with the investigation.

Swords have symbolic significance in the history of Scientology. The most important document of the Church, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health," emerged from an unpublished book entitled "Excalibur," written in 1938 by the founder of the church, L. Ron Hubbard. In the legends of the Arthurians, Excalibur is the name of the sword that only Arthur, as God-appointed King of the British, can swing.

In 2008, former church official Mario Majorski was shot dead by security guards after he drove to the grounds of the Hollywood church, which carried two swords. The church said Majorski made numerous threatening phone calls in the offices of Scientology in Oregon and California.

The Inglewood facility is located approximately 10 miles south of the famous Scientology Celebrity Center in downtown Los Angeles, which caters to artists, politicians, athletes, and other notable church members.

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