A Scientology center’s guard kills an Oregon man
A man shot and killed Sunday in front of a Scientology building in Los Angeles was a Florence resident who was on probation for stalking a Lane County judge. Also, he recently had served time in a Florence jail for threatening a tow truck driver.
A security guard shot Mario Majorski, 48, after Majorski threatened guests and another security guard with samurai swords at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, Los Angeles police said.
Majorski, who had numerous addresses in Los Angeles County and Oregon in the past two decades, was convicted of stalking Lane County Circuit Judge Debra Vogt in June 2007 and sentenced to 24 months’ probation in September 2007, said Alex Gardner, Lane County district attorney-elect.
The stalking incident grew out of a landlord-tenant dispute in which the judge ruled against Majorski, Gardner said. Majorski sent the court a threatening letter and later was caught trying to carry a sharpened railroad spike into the courthouse.
“At the time, Mr. Majorski was muttering something about having to take out a judge,” Gardner said Monday. “In the context of his earlier threatening letter and outburst in court when he lost, that was interpreted as threatening and stalking behavior to the judge.”
Majorski also was arrested Oct. 26 after he threatened a tow truck driver, Doug Bushwar, with an ax handle. Bushwar responded to a call of a vehicle out of gas. When he arrived, Majorski was clearly agitated and ordered Bushwar not to cross the street to his pickup.
Majorski pleaded guilty Oct. 28 and was released from the Florence jail on Oct. 30. Three days later, police were called after Majorski interrupted a Mormon church service and refused to leave.
The incident is the second high-profile case involving Oregon and Scientology. In 1996, Jairus Chegero Godeka walked into the church’s downtown Portland office and shot and wounded four people, including a pregnant receptionist. A police officer persuaded Godeka to surrender.
Cult uses opportunity to attack its critics
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Oregon man who was fatally shot as he wielded a pair of samurai swords and attempted to attack guests at a landmark Scientology building was a former follower of the religion who had made at least a dozen previous threats against the church, a Scientology official said Monday.
Majorski had threatened the church in a string of incidents dating to at least 2005 that were reported to the Los Angeles Police Department, the FBI and Oregon authorities, said Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis. The threats were allegedly made through faxes and telephone calls but police could not immediately confirm how many were made.
“He was clearly disturbed,” Davis said. “It’s just a tragic incident. Our condolences go out to his family or friends.”
Majorski had been a Scientologist in the early 1990s but appeared to have left the church about 15 years ago, Davis said.
The shooting will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office but police were treating the killing as justifiable.
Public records show Majorski was born in Los Angeles County and was associated with a string of addresses here and in Oregon, most recently living in Florence, Ore. He filed for bankruptcy in 2000.
Florence police reports describe odd and threatening behavior weeks before Majorski showed up in Los Angeles.
On Oct. 26, Majorski called AAA after running out of gas on the same road where he lived. The AAA driver, Doug Bushwar, told police he noticed there “were many small kids toys lined up in a row on the street behind the guy’s truck,” according to the police report.
When Bushwar approached, Majorski allegedly yelled at him to stay away and threatened him with an ax. He later threatened to shoot approaching police officers before running to his house, claiming there were hostages and explosives inside, according to the police report.
The two officers later arrested Majorski and found no hostages or explosives.
On Nov. 2, Majorski disrupted a Mormon church service in Florence by “cursing and moving around a lot,” Florence police spokeswoman Sarah Huff said.
Police arrested him outside the church on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
Other Oregon arrest reports show Majorski was arrested for criminal trespass by the Eugene Police Department in May 2007, and the next month the Lane County Sheriff’s Department arrested him for unlawful use of a weapon.
In 1993, Majorski and another man sued a University of California, Los Angeles professor who had been speaking out against Scientology, Davis said. He said the men felt the professor was discriminating against them but the case was found to have no standing and was dropped.
Majorski’s latest run-in with the Scientology church occurred Sunday afternoon when he brought swords to the Celebrity Centre, where hundreds of people were eating brunch and doing other activities, Davis said.
Davis said the church frequently receives threats, many of them originating from a “cyber-terrorist group” that goes by the name Anonymous and includes Scientology among its targets.
Earlier this year, a Scientology building in Hollywood was vandalized with graffiti, and shots were fired through another Scientology building in Los Angeles, Davis said. In January, church officials in California received 22 envelopes of suspicious white powder that was treated by authorities as an anthrax threat.
Davis did not know if Majorski had been a member of the group.
This year, many teachings and practices of the Church of Scientology have been exposed, highlighted and protested by a loosely-knit group of group called Anonymous:
Scientology, however, has never been able to handle criticism in a sane manner. Instead, it has a lengthy history of hate- and harassment activities against its critics. This includes trying to frame a former member by making it look like she had issued bomb threats.
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