Last Meal: McDonald's employees stall Steve Stephens, call 911 after he orders McNuggets, fries

Published: Apr. 18, 2017 at 5:32 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2017 at 8:03 AM EDT
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ERIE, PA (WOIO) - The subject of a nationwide manhunt turned up at a McDonald's drive-thru Tuesday and shot himself in the head moments after workers called 911.

Police had been searching for Steve Stephens, 37, of the Cleveland area, since Sunday.

He shot himself after an alert citizen working at a McDonald's restaurant on Buffalo Street in Erie, Pennsylvania called the police.

Henry Sayers, a McDonald's employee tells our investigative team that Stephens rolled through the drive-thru and ordered a 20 piece Chicken McNuggets and a basket of fries. Sayers says he "acted normal" and there would have been no way of knowing it was him unless he was on television.

The alert McDonald's drive-thru employee recognized Stephens while taking his order, and immediately dialed 911. Sayers says they weren't 100 percent sure it was him but called 911 anyways. The McDonald's employees knew he might be in the area because of the report that his cell phone ping was picked up in Erie.

Sayers says that Stephens exited the drive-thru and pulled right out onto Buffalo Street, that's when police lights started flashing and a chase began. The chase lasted for two miles before Stephens took his life.

In an interview with, the McDonald's manager later reported that while calling 911, workers told Stephens they were waiting for his fries and he'd have to wait a moment. Stephens said he didn't have time and left the restaurant drive-thru without them.

What about the $50,000 reward that was being offered by the FBI and CrimeStoppers? Will the alert worker receive the reward?

We reached out to the city of Cleveland and the FBI.

The city of Cleveland responded, "In the event a reward is issued by Crime Stoppers, it will be handled through their regular protocol. We will not receive information on who gets the reward as it is anonymous."

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