WEST HILLS — The man accused of killing a porn actor with a sword died Saturday after he fell some 40 feet from a rocky hillside during an hours-long standoff with police.
Stephen Clancy Hill, 34, ran out of a house in the 8000 block of Azul Drive, where he had barricaded himself since 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, stood on a cliff, and allegedly threatened suicide, according to police.
Police and crisis negotiators surrounded Hill for hours as he pressed a sword against his body, said Officer April Harding of the LAPD. Officials don’t know whether or not it was the same sword used in Tuesday’s deadly attack at a porn DVD production center that also left two people injured.
Eventually, officers made the decision to hit the suspect with a non-lethal weapon around 5:30 p.m., according to Police Officer Bruce Borihanh.
In footage of the incident, Hill appears to jump off the approximately 40 foot high embankment after being struck by the officer-deployed weapon.
Hill died of a head injuries related to his jump down the cliff, authorities said.
Hill was wanted on one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder for a slashing attack at the Ultima DVD company’s warehouse near Van Nuys Airport Tuesday night.
Police say the Hill, also known by his stage name, “Steve Driver” had been living at the offices of Ultima DVD and was previously told he needed to leave by Tuesday.
He worked there as a web designer and was also a struggling porn actor, officials said.
Hill attacked a colleague with a prop sword during a social gathering at Ultima’s studios, police said, then turned on two others who rushed to help their co-worker.
One of those who attempted to help, 30-year-old porn actor Herbert Hin Wong, was killed in the attack.
Wong, a native of China, acted in adult films under the name “Tom Dong” and even appeared with Hill in several films.
Two others suffered serious to moderate injuries and were expected to survive.
Hill fled in an SUV with the murder weapon, authorities said.
Eric Jover, who runs Ultimata DVD, had offered $2,000 reward to anyone who can help police find Hill.
In 1999, Hill was convicted of assault with a firearm for threatening to kill a University of Maryland college professor for not giving him an A, the Washington Post reported.
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