Two officers injured during shootout in Inglewood

INGLEWOOD (KUSI) – A suspect allegedly armed with a sword was fatally wounded today in an officer-involved shooting at the Church of Scientology in Inglewood that left two officers injured.

One officer suffered a gunshot wound to a hand and the other sustained an arm injury in the confrontation, which was reported about 3:30 p.m. at the church at 315 S. Market St., according to the Inglewood Police Department.

Both officers were taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital and was later pronounced dead, police said. He had been shot in the head, according to media reports.

The suspect arrived at the church in a white Bentley, and the shooting occurred to the side of a lobby area, Inglewood police Lt. Oscar Mejia told reporters at the scene.

Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta told a reporter at the hospital that one of the officers, who is in his late 20s, suffered an injured right arm and investigators were trying to determine if he had been shot, cut or injured by other means.

The other officer, who is in his late 20s or early 30s, suffered a gunshot wound to a thumb, Fronterotta said.

The officers arrived at the location separately, one after the other, Mejia said, adding that police were interviewing multiple witnesses and working to secure security video.

The incident was reminiscent of a shooting on Nov. 24, 2008, of a sword-wielding former Scientologist from Oregon who went to the church’s Celebrity Centre at 5930 Franklin Ave. in Hollywood and was fatally wounded by a security guard.

The man, Mario Majorski, 48, of Florence, Oregon, was armed with two samurai swords and apparently tried to attack security guards, one of whom fatally shot him, police said.

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