Surveillance footage of police cars pursuing vehicle of Facebook murder suspect

Frederick Owens
April 19, 2017

Authorities in multiple states had been searching for him since then.

Erie, about 100 miles northeast of Cleveland, may seem like a random place for Stephens to go. While the vehicle was spinning out of control Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Pennsylvania State Police say Stephens "was spotted just after 11 a.m. this morning by an alert citizen near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in Erie County, Pennsylvania, which is less than two miles from PSP Troop E headquarters".

Later in the day, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams officially stated "the search for Steve Stephens has ended".

Stephens, a job counsellor who worked with teenagers and young people, was wanted on murder charges over the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr. Until we can get our investigators to Erie, we won't know all the details.

"We can not resolve this underlying issue of violence, particularly gun violence if we do not function and operate and have the same compassion and commitment that we've shown here", said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

When the driver of the white Fusion with OH tags reached the payment window, an employee recognized him from news reports and called police.

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"This is something that should not have been shared around the world. Period. We can't do this in this country".

"Stephens posted a video of himself killing Robert Godwin Sr., a former foundry worker who had ten children, police said".

Despite Facebook's claims that they removed the video within 23 minutes of receiving the first report, a report was not filed until over an hour after the video was posted. Up to US$50,000 (S$69,814) had been offered for information leading to his arrest.

Godwin, 74, was shot Sunday while walking home from an Easter meal with his children in Cleveland.

The killing was the latest in a string of disturbing crimes captured on Facebook video, including the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl, two fatal shootings, and the kidnapping and torture of a disabled 18-year-old man. "Can you double check I'm right?'" franchise owner Thomas DuCharme said.

Ed Villone, the commander of Youngstown State's police academy, said getting those questions answered now is going to be more of a challenge.

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