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PORN ACTOR STEPHEN HILL COMMIT'S SUICIDE AFTER STAND OFF WITH POLICE
By: William Lopez, Staff Writer - 06-07-10 - 9:45 a.m. PDT
Stephen Hill, who is suspected of killing a colleague at Ultima DVD in Van Nuys, CA and stabbing two others, threatened to jump off a cliff in West Hills.
Sword slaying suspect Stephen Hill was surrounded by police as he threatened to jump off a cliff. He died after jumping from a rocky hillside after a standoff with police.
Police Officer Bruce Borihanh stated to the press that a "less than lethal munition" was used against Stephen Clancy Hill Saturday June 5, 2010 just before his jump. Video of the incident showed Hill moving to the edge of the outcropping from a seated position then letting himself drop as police closed in on him.
SWAT officers spent part of the afternoon trying to talk Hill down from the hill as he clutched a sword. Borihanh says the 34-year-old actor fell some 40 feet. Hill fled to the Chatsworth neighborhood hillside after leaving a house where he was barricaded for most of Saturday.
It was unknown whether the sword was the murder weapon in Tuesday's deadly attack at a DVD production center that also left two people injured. Hill, whose professional name is Steve Driver, is suspected of killing a colleague and wounding two other people during an attack with a sword.
He was charged Friday with murder and attempted murder.
Prosecutors said Hill was facing one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack Tuesday with the movie prop at the Ultima DVD production center.
The charges were filed after Eric Jover, the runs Ultima DVD, offered a $2,000 reward on the company's website for information leading to the arrest of Hill. Jover said he was present during the attack but declined to disclose details because he did not want to compromise the investigation.
Ultima DVD's blog website (www.ultimadvd.blogspot.com) contains a tribute to Herbert Hin Wong, 30, who police said was killed when he tried to save another victim after the violence erupted at a small social gathering at the studio. Wong worked for Ultima for three years as an actor, cinematographer, film editor and webmaster, and was his best friend, Jover said.
He said Wong saved his life and the lives of others. "His sacrifice will not go unheard," Jover said. "He will be remembered in the industry as an actor and technical 'go-to' guy who was a valuable resource and friend to all."
Hill went on the rampage after being told he was being fired and would have to move out of the production facility where he had been living, authorities said. The small company is located in the San Fernando Valley, known in the adult film industry as Porn Valley for its large number of porn businesses.
Ultima produces niche films featuring fetishes and sexual domination of men. Hill was convicted of second-degree assault and a handgun charge in March 1999 in Maryland, according to court records. A state's attorney spokesman did not return a call seeking further details.
Watch Stephen Hills jump from the mountain to his death. Please note that the video is graphic.