McDonald's drive-thru pit stop leads to Facebook killer

McDonald's drive-thru pit stop leads to Facebook killer

McDonald's drive-thru pit stop leads to Facebook killer

A male suspect who police said posted a video of himself on Facebook killing an elderly man in the USA state of OH has fatally shot himself after a "brief" chase in neighbouring Pennsylvania, according to police.

"Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by [Pennsylvania State Police] members in Erie County", the state police said on its Twitter account.

Police said Stephens should be considered armed and risky. He is believed to have shot himself after a short police pursuit.

The worker, who recognized Stephens as the wanted Cleveland Facebook killer, is credited with stalling him at the drive-thru window Tuesday so authorities could have extra response time.

Stephens's mother told CNN she called him on Sunday after learning about the video, and he had told her he was shooting people because he was "mad with his girlfriend".

Early reports of the shooting from police and media claim Stephens broadcast the video on Facebook Live, but the company has since denied the claim, saying Stephens uploaded the footage himself but later used Facebook Live to discuss the killing.

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

A makeshift memorial sits along a fence Monday, April 17, 2017, near where Robert Godwin Sr., was killed in Cleveland.

A source close to Facebook says it has "thousands" of people reviewing content around the world. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name. "Period", Cleveland's police chief said.

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. She heard the gunshots and looked outside to see what was going on.

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

Within a day, authorities expanded the search nationwide and offered a 50,000 dollar (£39,000) reward for information leading to his capture.

Before the start of Facebook's annual F8 developers conference, CEO Zuckerberg said: "We have a lot more to do here".

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 mobile phone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.

As the hunt for Stephens dragged on, Godwin's family gathered to mourn his loss.

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