truTV camera crew films death of arrested porn star who choked to death on bag of marijuana

A Zoo Productions camera crew producing a show for truTV filmed the death of a 23-year-old gay porn star who died after choking on a baggie of marijuana he swallowed after being arrested early Friday, and a local news station has that video on its web site.

Andrew Grande fled from Bay County Sheriff’s deputies after they were called by a 22-year-old friend of his who said Grande assaulted her, and The News Herald reports that “[a] three-person crew was riding with deputies during the incident and caught most of it,” and that “the Sheriff’s Office has no plans to change their policy that allows reporters and other civilians to ride along with deputies, officials said. The same truTV crew that caught Grande’s death on video went out again with other deputies Sunday night.”

Gay Porn Blog reports that Grande did gay porn as Dustin Michaels, and that “the openly gay and self-described ‘country bumpkin’ worked with a variety of amateur sites including OnTheHunt, BrokeStraightBoys, and CircleJerkBoys but is perhaps best known for his performances in Kink.com’s NakedKombat and Bound Gods sites.”

The NBC affiliate has the videoon its web site and broadcast it during its 6 p.m. newscast. In a separate story, the paper outlines what the video captured:

“…two truTV tapes, one of which is 17 minutes long and the other which is 20 minutes long, show some of what happened early Friday shortly before and after Andrew Grande choked to death on a bag of marijuana. [...]

Grande has stuffed a bag of marijuana in his mouth, has one arm under him and another in handcuffs and is on the ground. The deputies — Byrd, Rick Williams and David Higgins — tell him to spit it out. One of them shouts, ‘He’s choking!’

Grande then pushes them off of him and is Tased. He pulls the Taser prongs out of his body, falls to the ground in a seated position and reaches his hand in his mouth in an apparent attempt to vomit. Grande then smacks the ground with his hand and beats his chest.

He tries to shout, ‘I’m choking. I’m choking,’ but the words won’t come out. At about that point, Byrd attempts the Heimlich but is unsuccessful.”

Suspect dies while in BCSO custody and ‘I don’t want to see nobody die’: Deputies overheard on choking video [News Herald]
Suspect Dies after Attempt to Swallow Bag of Pot, FDLE Investigates [WJHG]
Gay Porn Star Dustin Michaels Chokes To Death In Police Custody [Gay Porn Blog ]

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