Sword-wielding, Bentley-driving man killed by police at Scientology org identified - 2019-04-01
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has identified the sword-wielding man who was fatally shot Wednesday by police at the Inglewood Scientology Ideal Org as Brian Statler of West Los Angeles, who was 30 years old.
Statler appeared to be a mixed-race individual who was listed as Black by the coroner. He was apparently from Kern County, California originally. In his social media, Statler refers to his involvement in "Illumination Entertainment," but it's not clear if he was an entertainer himself. His social media is shot through with references to "the Illuminati," an allusion to popular conspiracy theories about a secret world government.
We found one photo of him, from July 2015, with a samurai sword. According to his caption, he was showing it to a younger brother.