Suspect in Facebook video murder dead

Suspect in Facebook video murder dead

Suspect in Facebook video murder dead

The suspect, Steve Stephens, 37, was initially spotted just after 11 a.m.by an alert citizen in Erie County, Pennsylvania, police said in a statement Tuesday on Facebook. When the vehicle fled, officers followed in a short pursuit. "A traffic stop was attempted and, after a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself", the Pennsylvania State Police said on Twitter.

It ended a few miles away when police bumped Stephens' vehicle to get it to stop. "We would have preferred that it not [have] ended this way", Williams added.

"This is not something that should have been shared around the world", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said of the viral Facebook video.

The shooting video was visible on Facebook for almost two hours before it was reported, the company said.

Stephens didn't want to wait.

Cleveland Police issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens, as well as a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

The manhunt for Steve Stephens, the suspect accused of murdering an elderly man in Cleveland Sunday, has come to an end.

The troopers gave chase for less than a mile before Stephens pulled over, Williams said. "We're reminded of this this week by the tragedy in Cleveland. And that's been hard", she said.

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In the video, Stephens named a woman and tells the victim, Robert Godwin Sr., that "she's the reason that this is about to happen toyou".

Another daughter, Naujia Goodwin, said she was shocked to receive calls from people who saw the crime online.

Police believe Stephens might have left the state of Ohio.

The FBI joined state authorities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, and NY in the search for Stephens, offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the suspect's apprehension.

She mentioned his Facebook posts and Stephens claimed to have killed 14 people. Stephens's Facebook page also was eventually removed.

On Monday evening, Facebook announced that it was launching a review for reporting harmful content following the killing.

She said Stephens was a vocational specialist who worked with youth and young adults.

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