Oliver Wood, a longtime member of the Church of Scientology and the Church’s former leader, was shot to death Tuesday night while playing with his wife and a friend in his home in Los Angeles, according to law enforcement sources and an LAPD spokesman.
Wood was shot in the head, and his wife, Bonnie, died shortly after, according the LAPD.
Wood, 69, was one of the longest-tenured and most controversial figures in the Church.
His death is the latest in a string of shootings of people associated with the Church over the past year.
A federal investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
“I’ve got no comment on the investigation,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
Oliver Wood, 68, was killed by police in Los Feliz, California, on Tuesday, April 11, 2020.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) In the wake of the shooting, the Church issued a statement saying Wood was “a true believer, and has served as the Church president for many years.”
The statement added: “His death is a tremendous loss to the Church and to our world.”
Olivor Wood, who died Tuesday, was the Church leader who helped bring the church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, to the attention of the American public.
Wood died at the age of 69.
A memorial service for Wood is scheduled for Wednesday at the Church, which is located at 7100 N. Wilshire Blvd.
in Los Altos Hills.
The shooting happened after Wood’s wife, actress Patricia Wood, was seen with a man she thought was his boyfriend.
The woman later told police the man was her boyfriend.
Police say the woman’s story was based on a false allegation made by Wood’s former partner, former Sea Org member James Tabor, who told police that the woman had been “playing” with a gun when he confronted her.
Tabor told police he found a gun on his girlfriend’s bed.
Wood and Tabor were fired from Sea Orgs in 2010 after a dispute over how to pay their living expenses, according and reports.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Tabor’s girlfriend later told detectives she believed she had a gun in her bedroom when she went to check on her boyfriend because he was getting a massage.
After the incident, the woman told police she feared Tabor might come after her and her husband and the couple were afraid of Tabor and his former partner James Tabberson.
During a court hearing in January, a jury convicted Tabor of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and found that he committed the crimes after Wood and his family had allegedly told him to stop the alleged abuse and had told him not to go to the police.
The verdict was later overturned by the California Supreme Court, which said Tabor had a duty to protect himself and his girlfriend from harm and that Tabor should be given immunity from prosecution.
Tabor has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
In October, the family of Wood’s daughter, Lillian Wood, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Church alleging that she was the victim of sexual assault and was sexually abused by her father.
Lillian Wood’s attorney, Brian Dyer, said Tuesday that the lawsuit will continue to focus on the allegations of sexual abuse by her mother.
The suit, which claims the Church “is guilty of torturing and terrorizing its members,” was filed in California’s Northern District of California.