No Charges in Sword Attack at Scientology Center

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County district attorney says a security guard will not face criminal charges for the shooting death of a sword-wielding man who tried to attack guards and guests at a Hollywood Scientology center.

Investigators quickly determined after the Nov. 23 shooting that the guard had acted in the defense of himself and others, and Wednesday prosecutors said they agreed.

Mario Majorski, a 48-year-old former Scientologist from Oregon, had threatened the church for years before he pulled up in front of the Scientology Celebrity Centre in a convertible, pulled out one sword then another and was killed by the security guard, a 64-year-old retired Seal Beach police officer.

LAPD Det. Wendi Berndt says security videotape showed that Majorski was justified.

"The video is so very, very, very vivid," Berndt told the Los Angeles Times. "This man was mentally ill, and it's just a wonder he didn't kill people."

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