BRIAN STATLER WAS UNARMED: Police say he grabbed their gun in Scientology org shooting - 2021-07-20
In the 2019 death of Brian Statler at the Scientology "Ideal Org" in Inglewood, California, much was made of the "samurai sword" that witnesses said he had with him. But we pointed out at the time that breaking news coverage seemed to make little sense: Stories said that Statler was wielding a sword, but that somehow he shot and injured the two Inglewood police officers who ended up shooting Statler fatally. That didn't make much sense, but the city of Inglewood was giving out no more details.
Now, in a motion for summary judgment intended to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit brought against the city of Inglewood by Statler's family, those two police officers admit that by the time they arrived on the scene, Statler had already returned to his parked car to put the sword away.
That's right, Brian Statler had no sword.