Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Suspected killer's McDonald's trip helped police find him

Suspected killer's McDonald's trip helped police find him

Authorities in several states are on the lookout for a man police say shot a Cleveland retiree collecting aluminum cans and then posted video of the apparently random killing on Facebook.

Those beliefs were confirmed Tuesday around 11:10 a.m., when Pennsylvania State Police spotted Stephens' auto and attempted to pull him over.

He killed himself after a short police pursuit.

During the encounter there were no injuries to members of the public or officers, and Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene, added Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

Stephens had been on the run for almost 48 hours after posting grisly video on Facebook of himself shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr.at 695 East 93rd Street in Cleveland.

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. She said the chase slowed suddenly from 50 miles per hour to about 20 miles per hour when the road narrowed from four lanes to two.One of the pursuing troopers picked his spot - in front of an abandoned school - and hit Stephens' bumper to get him to stop.

Before murdering Godwin, Stephens had written on his Facebook page that he wanted to kill someone out of rage toward his ex-girlfriend.

While the vehicle was spinning out of control Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head, Pennsylvania State Police said. "We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening".

According to WKYC's Chris Tye, the manager called Pennsylvania State Police and that Stephens was there.

Tonya R. Godwin-Baines and Debbie D. Godwin said they know Lane did nothing wrong and wanted her to know it. "I couldn't be happier with them.in how they handled it". Thomas DuCharme Jr., the owner of the Erie McDonald's, told Tribune Media Wire that a worker there recognized Stephens as he came through the drive-thru and alerted her supervisor.

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