'Facebook Killer' Steve Stephens takes own life after short police chase in Erie, PA

Police provide update after Facebook killer Steve Stephens kills himself in Erie, PA after short police chase
Published: Apr. 18, 2017 at 3:42 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2017 at 8:11 AM EDT
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Stuffed animals and balloons line the fence on the street where Robert Godwin lost his life....
Stuffed animals and balloons line the fence on the street where Robert Godwin lost his life. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The search for Steve Stephens is over.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Steve Stephens was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in white Ford Fusion on Buffalo Road.

After receiving a tip around 11 a.m. Tuesday that the car police were looking for was in a McDonald's parking lot, state police began following Stephens as he headed west into the city of Erie.

According to state police the chase lasted two miles. The troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens' car. As the car began spinning out of control, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head. A trooper involved with the pursuit could not stop in time and slid into Stephens' vehicle causing minor damage.

Stephens posted a Facebook video of himself Sunday, April 16, shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin in the face.

At a Tuesday morning briefing Cleveland FBI Special Agent in Charge Steven Anthony said, "At this point he could be a lot of places. He could be nearby, could be far away and anywhere in between."

Pete Elliot, the U.S. Marshall for Northern Ohio added, "We're gonna make this individual's world very, very, very small. So, I'm very optimistic. I think things are gonna happen and I believe things are going to happen pretty quickly."

Less than an hour later, CPD received word from Pennsylvania State Police that Stephens had just shot and killed himself.

Agents and officers fanned out over Cleveland and far beyond responding to tips and checking abandoned properties where Stephens might be hiding.  Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams summed up the mood saying, "We're still asking Steven to turn himself in but if he doesn't we'll find him."

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