Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

Laverne Mann
April 19, 2017

Cleveland police were due to give more details at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Pennsylvania State Police said Stephens, the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook, shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Stephens stopped and officers approached his vehicle, at which point Stephens shot himself.

"We would prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions I'm sure that, not only the family, but the city in general would've had for Steve as to why this transpired", said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

Godwin's sister said she feels, "Angry sometimes", over Robert's death and that she was hoping Stephens would be brought to justice.

Throughout the search, social media played a role in the investigation. At the pick-up window, when employees in the back had police on the phone, the drive-thru worker told Stephens that his fries were still cooking, in an effort to delay the murderer while officers hurried to the scene.

Williams: There are a lot of remote areas for someone to hide.

'We just want him to know that God loves him, we love him.

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The sole suspect in the gruesome killing of a 74-year-old man that was broadcast live on Facebook has shot himself after a brief chase, Pennsylvania police have said.

"This is something that should not have been shared around the world. Period. We can't do this in this country".

Stephens is wanted for the Easter killing of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr. Video of the incident was posted on Facebook. Right: A photo of Stephens released by the Cleveland Police Department.

It marked a violent end to the almost 48-hour multistate manhunt for Steve Stephens, whose case brought another round of criticism down on Facebook over how responsibly it polices objectionable material posted by users.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the "Facebook Killer" tragedy at the beginning of his company's annual developer's conference on Tuesday morning.

"What happened to my father was horrific", he said. That information has not been verified by police.

Police received more than 400 tips in the search, which expanded to all states neighboring OH and into New England. Investigators searched dozens of locations to "no avail" with most tips leading to dead ends.

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