Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

Authorities had been offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of the 37-year-old Stephens, who was wanted over the apparently random killing of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. State police major William Teper said the trooper who rammed Stephens' vehicle "saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself".

"Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP (Pennsylvania State Police) members in Erie County".

Facebook said Stephens' account was suspended within 23 minutes of the murder video being reported, but admitted it needs to "do better".

In a statement early Monday, police warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout for Stephens, who they said may have traveled out of state.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams answers questions during a news conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Cleveland.

Stephens posted video of the shooting to his Facebook page and went live on Facebook to confess to the murder. The suspect, Steve Stephens, later killed himself before surrendering.

But Stephens did not want to wait, taking his McNuggets and speeding out of the vehicle park, almost hitting Gail Wheeler, 54, a retail operations manager from Erie who was on her way home from shopping.

"We feel bad for the family of Mr. Godwin and their tragic loss", Nancy Kortemeyer told the Daily News.

Another daughter, Debbie Godwin, said that's what made her father so special.

Investigators said that Mr Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite his claim on Facebook that he killed more than a dozen people. Williams said police have not verified any other shootings or deaths.

Stephens worked for a behavioral health agency serving children through mental health services, foster care and adoption, at-risk youth and other programs. A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed, the company said.

Police in Erie say Stephens' body was found inside his white Ford Fusion around 11:10am Eastern on Tuesday. "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself", the police had said on Twitter.

"We have a lot more to do", Mark Zuckerberg said.

Eventually, he said, people would use augmented reality on eyewear, although he did not give any details about possible Facebook hardware.

He conceded that Facebook has "a lot of work" to do.

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