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Man with Swords Shot and Killed at Scientology Centre in LA

A security guard at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angles shot and killed a man who was using two samurai swords on the grounds on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and Star Tribune both report this story.

The security guard says he fired the gun in an act of self defense and to protect two other security guards. The surveillance tapes confirmed this claim.

“The evidence itself, it’s very, very clear,’ Hara said. “The security officers were defending their safety.? (Star Tribune)

The tapes also showed that the man pulled up the church in a red convertible and then proceeded to advance on the guards with a sword in each hand say both publications.

The LA Times says that the man was shot at 1:30pm, but his name was not released. It was also said that used to be a member of the church.

“There was a previous relationship, but it is unclear to what degree,? Detective Wendi Berndt said.

A 17-year-old who saw the incident described the man with the swords as bald and having tattoos on his arms.

The Star Tribune says that calls to Centre were not immediately returned. But The LA Times says a woman answered the phone saying that she had no information on the matter.

The Centre used to be a hotel for movie stars says the Star Tribune. The LA Times says that the building is one of Hollywood’s most distinctive landmarks.