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Monday, November 24, 2008

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Man with a Sword Shot by a Security Guard

Los Angeles: Hollywood homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that killed a 48-year-old man who attempted to stab security guards with a sword.

On November 23, 2008, at around 11:59 a.m., officers from Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Area responded to a call of an “assault with a deadly weapon” suspect who was at the Church of Scientology in the 5900 block of Franklin Avenue.  When they arrived, officers observed a suspect in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. 

The detectives’ investigation revealed that the victim was shot by an armed security guard after he attempted to stab other security guards with a sword.

The suspect’s identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.  The deceased is a white male, 48 years of age.  His address is unknown at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information regarding it is asked to contact Hollywood homicide detectives at 213-972-2910 or 213-972-2902.  After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


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