Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

USA police: OH murder suspect kills self after chase


Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday after a auto chase in the state of Pennsylvania, state police said. State police major William Teper said the trooper who rammed Stephens' vehicle "saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself". He is believed to have shot himself after a short police pursuit.

"People in social media know the power and the harm it can do", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at the press conference, referring to the Facebook video of the killing that was online for almost two hours before it was taken down. "We would like to have brought Steve in peacefully, and really talked to him and find out exactly why this happened".

Stephens was the focal point of a almost two-day nationwide manhunt after shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin about 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday, police said.

At the Tuesday conference in California, Facebook founder and Dobbs Ferry native Mark Zuckerberg expressed his condolences to the family of a Cleveland man whose death was posted on the social media site on Easter.

Police would not speculate on what was behind the killing, but videos Stephens posted showed him talking about losing everything he had to gambling and trouble with his girlfriend. He said he "just snapped". Godwin could be seen attempting to shield himself before Stephens fired the gun.

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

Police set up a manhunt for him five states: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. Local authorities confirmed Stephens killed himself in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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

Stephens didn't want to wait. The Ford Fusion did a half-turn and came to rest at the curb.

In an interview with CNN, several of Godwin's children said they held no animosity toward Stephens, either.

"If he would've started firing, our officers would've fired back", Basinger said. The one officer just shook his head.

Police said it wasn't clear whether Stephens had any help while he was on the run or where he had been and that investigators will try to retrace his steps.

Law enforcement officials said his cellphone signal was last detected on Sunday afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Cleveland.

She told the affiliate that she tried to reach Stephens after the video of the killing surfaced on Facebook, but he didn't answer his phone.

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

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