2 officers shot, sword-wielding man dead at Church of Scientology in California

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Sword-Wielding Man Dead After Confrontation with Police at Church of Scientology in California

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A sword-wielding man was fatally shot and two police officers were injured during a standoff Wednesday at the Church of Scientology in Inglewood, California.

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The man, only described as Asian, pulled up around 3:30 p.m. in a white Bentley wearing a hoodie and carrying what police described as a samurai sword. He entered the lobby of the church and began a confrontation, KTLA reported.

Officers arrived shortly after and a standoff with the man began. He was struck in the head and the officers were shot, although it is unclear how. Investigators have not indicated if the suspect also had a firearm, KTLA reported.

Investigators said the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died, KTLA reported.

One officer was shot in the hand. The other was shot in the forearm. Neither injury is believed to be life-threatening. There were no other reported injuries.

"These officers are doing a heroic job protecting the community and keeping houses of worship safe against hate crimes," the church wrote in a statement. "We have offered our full support to the authorities who are investigating this incident."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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