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Man With Sword Fatally Shot At Scientology Center

Title: Man With Sword Fatally Shot At Scientology Center
Date: Sunday, 23 November 2008
Publisher: KCAL 9 (California)
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HOLLYWOOD (AP) ? Los Angeles police said a security guard at a Scientology building shot and killed a sword-wielding man Sunday.

Detective Wendi Berndt said Monday that 48-year-old Mario Majorski of Oregon was shot once as he tried to attack guests with a pair of samurai swords. A Scientology spokesman said Majorski had been a Scientologist in the early 1990s but appeared to have left the church about 15 years ago.

Berndt said Majorski was known to the security guards and had been involved in prior incidents.

According to Tommy Davis, a Scientology spokesman, Majorski threatened the church in a string of incidents dating to at least 2005. The threats were allegedly made through faxes and telephone calls.

Officer April Harding said the man approached the guard with a sword in the parking lot of the Scientology Celebrity Centre International, at 5930 Franklin Ave., around noon Sunday.

Harding said the guard "felt threatened for his life" and fired at the unidentified man. He was pronounced dead at County USC Medical Center.

Homicide detectives have cordoned off the building in Hollywood to investigate.

The eight-story high, white, Norman Revival building towers over the Hollywood Freeway at Bronson Avenue, and was a Hollywood landmark known as the "Chateau Elysee" hotel in the 1940s. Scientologists have used the facility for educational meetings and Scientology courses.

Numerous celebrities who have joined Scientology have attended what the church calls "auditing sessions" at the facility, which the church describes as "guided thought therapy."

Majorski did not live in Southern California and detectives were trying to establish if he had come here to carry out the attack.

Police are treating the shooting as justifiable because it was carried out to protect the lives of others.

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