PA State Police: 'We don't believe Steve Stephens had any accomplices'

Pennsylvania State Police in Erie, PA. (Source: WOIO)
Pennsylvania State Police in Erie, PA. (Source: WOIO)
Crime scene in Erie, PA. (Source: CBS Newspath)
Crime scene in Erie, PA. (Source: CBS Newspath)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Moments after the FBI's Cleveland office released a new wanted poster in the Facebook killing investigation, the suspect shot himself in the head in Erie, Pennsylvania, according to police.

Steve Stephens, 37, was wanted for the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin. Police said Stephens shot and killed Godwin on East 93rd Sunday, April 16, before posting the video on Facebook.

Tuesday morning, an alert McDonald's employee called 911 and troopers immediately began to canvas the area for Stephens and located him in the white Ford Fusion a short time later.

Surveillance cameras captured police pursuing Stephens.

Stephens died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while driving near Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue just after 11 a.m., according to police.

Cleveland Facebook shooting suspect shoots, kills self in PA

At a news conference at state police headquarters in Erie authorities said the police pursuit never exceeded 50 mph, and Stephens shot himself as troopers approached his car.

Police also said they believe Stephens committed the crimes all by himself and he did not have any help.

After thanking the media and the public for the more than 400 tips that came in troopers in Erie said they were on alert, looking for a white Ford Fusion and Stephens, because they knew he was wanted by the FBI.

Despite the numerous media reports that accused Facebook killer Steve Stephens cell phone pinged off a tower in Erie, police there say they have no knowledge of that.

In addition to the Cleveland police murder investigation of Robert Godwin, Pennsylvania State Police will do their own investigation into the death of Steve Stephens.

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