'Facebook killer' found dead after police chase

Gladys Abbott
April 20, 2017

The suspect who killed a grandfather in OH and posted a video of it on Facebook shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit by police in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

"I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all", she said.

Stephens killed himself, authorities said.

Almost two days after Steve Stephens fatally shot Godwin in cold blood, two of his daughters met with Joy Lane for the first time. One of the next frames shows Godwin lying on the ground with a long streak of blood beside his body.

Cleveland's police chief earlier said on Tuesday that authorities had received more than 400 tips, including as far away as Texas.

Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams, told a news conference that after a brief chase, Stephens stopped his vehicle. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Stephens spotted this morning by state police. "We would prefer that it not have ended this way". "Unfortunately, that was not the case", Anthony said. Stephens told the elderly man that Lane was the reason he was being killed before shooting the Cleveland man in the head.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said the social network "has a lot of work to do" in order to prevent repeats of the Cleveland shooting of Robert Godwin Sr, after a video of his murder was shared on the site.

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Steve Stephens, 37, had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt after he was accused of murdering 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr on a street on Sunday, before fleeing in a vehicle and uploading a video of the murder to Facebook.

Williams said Tuesday that 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 he steps.

Stephens's mother told local news channel that she called him on Sunday after learning about the video, and he had told her he was shooting people because he was "mad with his girlfriend".

The company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.

Facebook has been criticised for being slow to take the posting of the killing.

The company said it disabled Stephen's account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the video of the fatal shooting and two hours after receiving any report.

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