Death at the Celebrity Center
On Sunday, a security guard at the Celebrity Center in L.A. shot dead a former Scientologist who approached him with two samurai swords.
The L.A. Times report also says that the shooting was in self defense. The police viewed footage of the attack.
“The evidence is very clear the security officers were defending their safety,” said Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police did not release the name of the guard or the man killed in the shooting, which occurred about noon. An investigator said the man had a history with the church but was not a member now. The tape showed the man arriving at the Celebrity Centre’s Bronson Avenue parking lot in a red convertible, getting out of the vehicle and approaching a trio of security guards and waving a sword in each hand, Hara said.
He said the man, who was described as being in his 40s, was “close enough to hurt them” when the guard fired. The man was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.Det. Wendi Berndt said the man was involved with the church “a long time ago.””There was a previous relationship, but it is unclear to what degree,” she said.
We are now learning the man’s name was Mario Majorski and there seems to be a deeper connection to Scientology than the organization is letting on. If the people at whyweprotest are correct, Scientologist attorney Moxon represented Majorski in at least one lawsuit against “an evil psych,” in this case it was Jolly West.
A newspaper in Oregon has much more on Mario’s troubled background.
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In 1993, Majorski was listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the Church of Scientology in Santa Monica Superior Court against a nationally known psychiatrist and professor at the University of California Los Angeles, who was an outspoken critic of the church.
Majorski was a student at UCLA at the time. He and a classmate, John Van Dyke, sued Dr. Louis J. West on behalf of the church for waging “a smear campaign of religious intolerance and hatred on university time.” The lawsuit was dismissed.
Majorski has since had en-counters with local authorities.
In June 2007, he was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of stalking Lane County Circuit Judge Debra Vogt with a dangerous weapon, after “repeated and unwanted contact” with the judge, and sentenced to probation. The charges came “after a case in which he did not like her decision and had made threats against her,” according to a news release issued Monday by Lane County Sheriff Russ Burger.
On Oct. 26, officers in Florence responded to a phone call from a representative for AAA, whom Majorski reportedly was threatening with an ax.
Majorski had called AAA because he ran out of gas in the middle of Munsel Lake Road, according to a police report.
The representative, Doug Bushwar, told police he arrived with a can of gas and found Majorski standing on the passenger side of his Toyota pickup, which had its flashers on. Behind the truck, there were “small kids’ toys lined up in a row on the street,” Bushwar told the officer. “He thought this looked very strange,” the report said.
When Bushwar approached, Majorski became upset and agitated, according to the report, yelling at Bushwar to stay where he was, then threatening him and ultimately telling him to leave. Bushwar tried to explain who he was and to calm Majorski down, but Majorski grabbed an ax from the truck and threatened Bushwar with it, according to the report.
Florence police officer Brian Goss arrived to find Majorski walking down Munsel Lake Road. Goss asked Majorski to talk to him, but Majorski walked away yelling and cursing, eventually threatening to shoot Goss. Majorski eventually ran into a nearby house, came to a window and told Goss he had hostages inside, then he came back outside and stormed about the yard.
“He told us we have rifles aimed at our heads right now and that at his count of three we would be executed,” Goss wrote. “He then counted to three.”
Majorski also said there were explosives in the house. Another officer eventually got handcuffs on Majorski, who was arrested for menacing and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty to the menacing charge and was scheduled to appear in court on the other charge in December.