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Death of fugitive porn actor captured in disturbing video

June 6, 2010 |  9:25 am

Disturbing video has emerged showing the death of a porn actor who police said went on a stabbing rampage at a video production company last week that killed a fellow adult film actor and wounded two other people.

Stephen Clancy Hill, 34, appeared to take his own life Saturday in front of numerous news cameras after a long standoff with police in which he repeatedly threatened suicide.

He spent about eight hours on the edge of a rocky cliff in West Hills surrounded by police and talking to crisis negotiators.

With dusk approaching and Hill continuing to threaten to kill himself, members of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT unit tried to subdue and apprehend him, using a less-than-lethal weapon, said Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, who oversaw the incident.

Hill, however, threw himself over the cliff at 5:30 p.m. Waiting paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead from the injuries he suffered in the roughly 50-foot fall.

Albanese declined to discuss details of the weapon police used and the plan that had been devised to capture Hill, citing the internal investigation that is launched after every serious use of force by officers. It was unclear whether the projectile that officers fired had struck Hill or missed.

"He was bent on taking his own life," Albanese said. "It's very unfortunate. We wanted this to end a different way."

Read the full story by The Times' Joel Rubin and Ruben Vives.

Here is video from KTLA. Warning: The video is graphic in nature, showing Hill fall to his death.

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