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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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