The man suspected of killing a Cleveland man and posting a video of the murder on Facebook fatally shot himself after a “brief pursuit” by Pennsylvania State Police officers on Tuesday, police said.
Steve Stephens was accused of shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on a sidewalk in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday before fleeing in a car and uploading a video of the murder to Facebook, becoming the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
Pennsylvania State Police officers found Stephens in Erie County, Pennsylvania, after getting a tip from the public that his white Ford Fusion was parked outside a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant, Calvin Williams, the Cleveland police chief, told a news conference.
After a brief chase, Stephens stopped his vehicle, Williams said.
“As the officers approached that vehicle Steve Stephens took his own life,” Williams said. “We would have preferred that it had not ended this way,” he added, saying he and the community would have had “a lot of questions” for Stephens.
Stephens, who had no prior criminal record, was not suspected in any other killings, Cleveland officials said.
Stephens said in a separate video on Facebook on Sunday that he had already killed a dozen others.