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Porn actor jumps to death after killer sword rampage

A porn actor who plunged to his death off a cliff as police tried to arrest him for murder and attempted murder after a sword rampage, aimed to kill or maim as many people as possible a detective said.

Stephen Hill (34) was "hell-bent" on taking lives and was indiscriminate about his victims, Joel Price said.

He fell to his death on Saturday after officers trapped him on a cliff overlooking Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

Mr Price said officers believe Hill jumped rather than fell after they tried to take him into custody following a nine-hour stand-off. Police said the actor, armed with the sword he used in the June 1 attack, had repeatedly threatened suicide.

News video shows Hill, still holding the sword, tumbling off the cliff after sliding to its edge from a seated position. Several officers had moved to almost within reach of him.

Earlier, police said he went over the cliff after a "less than lethal munition" was fired at him. They did not say whether the projectile struck him.

"Everyone out there would have wished for a different outcome," Mr Price said.

Hill's death came just four days after he went on a rampage at Ultima DVD's production facility in the San Fernando Valley.

He fatally stabbed one employee and wounded two others. "He was hell-bent on hurting, killing as many people as he could," Mr Price said.

Hill had worked as an actor for Ultima, which produces films featuring fetishes and sexual domination of men.


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