‘Facebook killer’ Steve Stephens found dead after car chase

Police say a man suspected of randomly shooting a grandfather on an Ohio street and posting video of the killing to Facebook has taken his own life.

Pennsylvania State Police tweeted that Steve Stephens was spotted on Tuesday morning in Erie County.

“After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself,” they tweeted.

Stephens, 37, allegedly shot dead 74-year-old Robert Godwin as the victim walked home from Easter lunch on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

Facebook shooting of Robert Godwin

His mobile phone signal was last tracked on Sunday afternoon to Erie, Pennsylvania, 100 miles (160km) from where police say he shot Mr Godwin.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told a news conference: “We have closure in regards to the search for Steve Stephens.”

City police chief Calvin Williams told reporters that Pennsylvania State Police received a tip-off shortly after 11:00 on Tuesday.

The suspect’s white Ford Fusion car had been spotted in the car park of a McDonald’s in the city of Erie, he said.

Chief Williams said there was a brief police chase after which the suspect’s car stopped and he took his own life with his gun.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, he added.

 

Thank God.

 

BBC

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