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Man Shot Dead by Scientology Security

11/23/2008 9:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A man wielding two swords was killed Sunday outside one of the hundreds of Scientology buildings in Hollywood.

Police say the man -- who had some involvement with the church in the past -- showed up at around noon, approached three guards and began waving two samurai swords. The guards took it seriously -- one of them killed the man with a semi-automatic handgun.

As of now cops are saying the guards acted in self-defense.

A surveillance tape captured the incident.

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1.

Bobby    

wow 1TH

2108 days ago
2.

JT    

Why would the "church" have security guards? Forget the terrorists, someone needs to keep an eye on the Scientologists.

2108 days ago
3.

Heartless Greg    

See what happens when dump people bring swords to a gun fight!

2108 days ago
4.

arte help    

I agree with #2, why would the Scientology Church need security with semi automatic weapons? Sounds fishy to me.

2108 days ago
5.

superman    

Was it Tom?

2108 days ago
6.

Crawford Tillinghast    

TOM CRUISE HAS A BODY COUNT NOW, PEOPLE!!!!!

2108 days ago
7.

what cuties    

Fishy - Fishy - Fishy - not the security guards (they were doing their jobs) but 3 on duty at once - what are they hiding at the Church?????? Hummmmmmmmmmmmm

2108 days ago
8.

Roger Moore    

Please let it be John Travolta.

2108 days ago
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Dave    

2108 days ago
10.

dirtydog    

Doesn't the sword have some sort of significance in scientology?

2108 days ago
11.

Kelly    

only in hollywood...

2108 days ago
12.

Fan Since 2007!!!    

Oh Good Lord,

They should've let him in to do his business and THEN blew him away...

2108 days ago
13.

LH    

This is a entertainment page - Why is this faux church news here?

2108 days ago
14.

PolarBear    

Oh oh, Tom's got some 'splainin to do. Those stage weapons he brought back from his latest WW2 movie were supposed to be PLASTIC! And all that visitor wanted was Tom's autograph on those plastic samurai swords from Disneyland! Well, there goes the neighborhood!

2108 days ago
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WTF!!!    

In self defense??? With a semi-automatic??? and they are securtity???? So much more wrong than right with that.

2108 days ago
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