BY MICHAEL SHERIDAN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Originally Published:Tuesday, March 9th 2010, 12:20 PM
A simple early morning disturbance call ended with the death of a gay-porn actor.
And it was all captured on video.
Deputies with the Bay County Sheriff’s Department in Florida arrived at the Executive Inn after Andrew Grande (known professionally as Dustin Michaels), 23, allegedly got into a fight with a female friend, according to Panama City Beach’s WJHG.
Police attempted to handcuff Grande, who had reportedly swallowed a bag of marijuana. When he resisted, police Tasered him.
A camera crew from Zoo Productions was at the scene and captured the moments before the incident, as well as after.
Once he was struck by the powerful electrical jolt, Grande yanked the wires from his chest but showed signs of choking. Police tried to help, with one performing the Heimlich maneuver.
Every effort by police to remove the object from Grande’s throat failed. Paramedics later arrived and removed the bag, but it was too late.
Grande was pronounced dead at Bay Medical Center.
“It’s a tragic situation for our officers,” said Sheriff Frank McKeithen, and “a tragic situation for this young man and his family.”
However, he said, it never would have happened had Grande co-operated with police.
“If he’d … allowed them to handcuff him, it would have been over,” the sheriff said. “This would not have happened.”[/QUOTE]
WARNING: BELOW VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT!