Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

Apr 21, 2017, 03:01
Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

They say Stephens shot and killed himself following a brief pursuit by police.

The break in the case came when police received a tip that Stephens was at the McDonald's in Erie, in the northwestern corner of the state, about 100 miles east of Cleveland.

Police say Stephens was spotted just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning by an alert citizen near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Police say a man suspected of randomly shooting a grandfather on an OH street and posting video of the killing to Facebook has taken his own life.

Videos Stephens shared show him talking about his despair over gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend. He said authorities had received almost 400 tips to aid in the search for Stephens. Stephens then posted video of the shooting on Facebook. However, she said she still forgives him.

The video, which was posted on Sunday by OH man Steve Stephens, showed the graphic murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

The online broadcast of the killing has prompted questions about social media policies and the role of sites like Facebook in screening out violent content. "She (the drive-thru worker) was already on the phone at that time, so hats off to my crew and the managers, I'm just so proud of them".

A McDonald's employee recognized him and told Stephens the fries were not ready in order to stall for time as another employee called 911.

Stephens was placed on the FBI's most wanted list and attracted a $50,000 bounty for information leading to his arrest. She mentioned his Facebook posts and Stephens claimed to have killed 14 people.

Zuckerberg, speaking at Facebook's annual conference for software developers, expressed the sympathy of company employees to the friends and family of the shooting victim.

"I can only give you my only personal opinion based on the past", Pete Elliott of the Cleveland U.S. Marshals said.