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Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

19 April 2017

"Erie police have confirmed the suicide in Erie on Tuesday of Steve Stephens, the Cleveland resident suspected of fatally shooting a Cleveland man on Sunday and posting video of the slaying on Facebook".

By Monday, five states, including OH, were informed Stephens may be headed there. Stephens used the drive-thru to order a 20 Chicken McNuggets and a large order of French fries for $5.35.

The McDonald's employees tried to "buy some time for the cops" by telling Stephens his fries were delayed, but he said he had no time to wait and drove off, according to DuCharme.

Pennsylvania State Police say Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning in Erie County, PA.

Stephens boasted of murdering 15 people, but police in OH - where he killed Robert Godwin on Sunday - are yet to confirm any further killings. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.

The daughter of Robert Godwin Sr., the man Stephens allegedly killed, released the following statement in reaction to the death of Stephens. Stephens' video of the murder was live on the site for more than two hours before it was removed.

On Sunday, Stephens uploaded three videos to Facebook.

Police said the woman he referred to was in a safe place.

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Facebook said it received its first report about the shooting video about 4 p.m., about two hours after Stephens started to upload his footage.

On Tuesday morning, Stephens took his own life inside his auto in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Stephens also claimed he had killed more people, but Cleveland Police say they haven't linked any additional victims to him. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name.

"I want to officially announce that the search for Steve Stephens has ended", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters at a press conference.

Tonya R. Godwin-Baines and Debbie D. Godwin said they know Lane did nothing wrong and wanted her to know it.

Stephens filmed and then posted the video of the attack to Facebook, but was found dead in his auto on Tuesday.

A $50,000 reward was being offered for information on his whereabouts which would help lead to his arrest.