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Porn actor dead after clash with LAPD officers

April 14, 2012 |  8:18 am

Photo: Adult performer Marland Anderson, also known as Sledge Hammer. Credit: KTLA-TVThe porn star known as Sledge Hammer died early Friday, five days after he became violent with paramedics and was stunned with a Taser and restrained by Los Angeles police officers, authorities said.

The incident began Sunday when authorities responded to a call of an attempted suicide in the Reseda area. When paramedics and officers arrived they found Marland Anderson, known as Sledge Hammer on screen, with his girlfriend. Anderson had suffered a knife injury, said Lt. Andrew Neiman.

The girlfriend told officers Anderson tried to hurt himself with the knife and she pried it away from him, Neiman said.

He was then handcuffed to a gurney by police for transportation in an ambulance. Once inside the ambulance, Neiman said, Anderson tried to stand up, but acted with such force that he broke the gurney free from a floor lock and broke the handcuff.

To restrain Anderson, an officer then used a Taser but it failed to stop the agitated actor, Neiman said. Several officers eventually managed to restrain Anderson, Neiman said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died Friday morning, Neiman said.

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Photo: Adult performer Marland Anderson, also known as Sledge Hammer. Credit: KTLA-TV

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