California Scientology Church Shooting: Man With Sword Shot Dead

A man armed with a sword was killed and two police officers injured by gunfire at a Church of Scientology in California, according to BBC.

Police gave few details but said the man entered the Los Angeles church with a “very large sword” on Wednesday.

Two police officers attended and the suspect was fatally shot in the head, Inglewood Police told US media.

The officers also suffered injuries, with one shot in the hand and the other in the arm, the LA Times reported.

Detectives were still trying to establish whether the suspect – who arrived at the church in a white Bentley – had a gun, Inglewood Police Lt Oscar Mejia told reporters on Wednesday.

Around five people were inside the church when the man entered at about 15:30 local time (22:30 GMT), Lt Mejia said.

It is not known why the suspect, who has not been named, entered the church or if he had any accomplices, authorities say.

The Church of Scientology’s Inglewood branch opened in November 2011, according its website.

It is based about 16 km (10 miles) south of the church’s main Celebrity Centre in LA, which attracts famous actors, politicians, musicians and athletes.

In a statement, The Church of Scientology thanked police for their efforts and said it would cooperate with the investigation.

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