A MAN has been shot dead after allegedly slashing two police officers with a sword at the Church of Scientology in California.
The man allegedly approached police wielding the sword inside the front entrance of the church in Inglewood around 3.30pm local time.
Speaking to media at the scene, Inglewood police Lieutenant Oscar Mejia said the suspect was shot in the head and later died in hospital.
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Two male officers aged in their late 20s were injured during the incident which unfolded about 16km southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
It’s understood one officer was struck across the hand with the sword, while the other was slashed across the arm.
Police Chief Mark Fronterotta said the officers were hospitalised in a stable condition.