Facebook killer takes his own life as police close in


According to Pennsylvania State Police, officers received a tip around 11 a.m. when Steve Stephens' vehicle was spotted at a McDonald's in Erie.

"As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head", troopers wrote.

Pennsylvania State Police look over a auto 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, 2.

"She's the reason why all of this is about to happen to you", the shooter said to Godwin.

Stephens, who had no prior criminal record, was not suspected in any other killings, Cleveland officials had said.

Robert Godwin, 74, was killed Sunday while walking down the sidewalk on a Cleveland street.

"Keeping our global community safe is an important part of our mission", they continued, adding "We are grateful to everyone who reported these videos and other offensive content to us, and to those who are helping us keep Facebook safe every day".

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In addition to posting a video of the murder, Stephens also went live twice, the first time announcing his intent to kill - and the final time, after the murder, confessing.

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The manhunt for the suspect accused of killing a person and airing it on Facebook Live is over, thanks in part to a McDonald's drive thru team in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania.

"We have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening", he said.

Stephens' recent Facebook posts give insights into a deeply troubled man who earlier in the week complained that he had "lost everything" due to gambling debts.

Her sister, Debbie Godwin, told ABC News, "I truly can say I don't even feel any animosity against the guy that killed my father. He was kind and loving to me and my children", she told CBS News. This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens.

Cleveland FBI Special Agent Steve Anthony agreed with Williams that the goal was to bring Stephens in alive.

Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.

In interviews before Stephens' death, some of Godwin's relatives forgave his killer.

"He said this (was) the last time I was going to see him", Green said.