Facebook murder suspect kills himself after police pursuit


Facebook murder suspect kills himself after police pursuit

Facebook murder suspect kills himself after police pursuit

Facebook murder suspect kills himself after police pursuit

Pennsylvania State Police look over a vehicle as they investigate the scene where Steve Stephens, the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook, was found shot dead Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Erie.

Acting on a tip, Pennsylvania State Police spotted Steve Stephens, 37, leaving a McDonald's in Erie and went after him, bumping his auto to try to get it to stop, authorities said.

A two-minute pursuit followed before Stephens shot and killed himself.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops. He shot himself in the head as the vehicle spun out of control, police said.

Stephens allegedly filmed himself committing the murder and published the video on Facebook along with another video in which he claims to have previously murdered an additional 13 people.

Lane told the news station that she and Stephens were in a serious relationship and had considered an engagement not too long before they mutually broke up in part because of his gambling issues.

"What happened today is senseless", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. WSFA reported the family found out about Godwin's death after receiving calls from family members about the Facebook video. The 37-year-old shooter, who appeared to choose his victim at random, also posted that he had killed 12 people in all and vowed to continue killing.

"I forgive him because we are all sinners", Robby Miller, Godwin's son, said in an interview with CNN.

Said DuCharme: "I am pretty sure he figured out that we were on to him".

Joy Lane, the ex-girlfriend of Steve Stephens, spoke to WJW in Cleveland, Ohio for the first time since Stephens murdered Robert Godwin Sr. while on Facebook Live.

A female employee recognized Stephens when he came up to the window, then she confirmed with other workers that it was him, according to police and Tom DuCharme, who owns that McDonald's franchise.