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Facebook Killer Steve Stephens shoots himself following traffic stop in Pennsylvania

April 16, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Facebook Killer Steve Stephens shoots himself following traffic stop in Pennsylvania

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“Facebook killer” Steve Stephens who sparked a multi-state manhunt after he brazenly gunned down a Cleveland man at random, killed himself Tuesday morning in Erie County as cops closed in, Pennsylvania State Police said on Facebook.

Stephens was spotted by members of the state police who attempted a traffic stop and “after a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.”

At a press conference earlier this morning, Cleveland police said they did not know where Stephens was.

Cleveland police are hunting Steve Stephens, who they say killed a man on Facebook Live, and has claimed to have killed more victims

The death of Stephens brings to an end a nationwide intense manhunt, which saw authorities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York on high alert.

Steve Stephens had a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture following the murder of 74-year-old retiree Robert Godwin in Cleveland, which was broadcasted on Facebook Live on Sunday.

Facebook said the suspect did go live on the social media website at one point during the day, but not during the killing.

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The video of the killing was on Facebook for about three hours before it was removed. Stephens Facebook page also was eventually removed.

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” said a company spokesperson. “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”

The victim’s son, Robert Godwin Jr., told Cleveland.com that he can’t bring himself to watch the video.

“I haven’t watched the video. I haven’t even looked at my cellphone or the news,” Godwin said. “I don’t really want to see it.”

Stills from a Facebook Live video appears to show the moments that Stephens shot and killed Robert Goodwin

Stephens is said to be on the loose in the Ohio city after he allegedly recorded the shocking act on social media.

He said his father, a retired foundry worker, collected aluminum cans and often walked with a plastic shopping bag, picking cans up if he saw them on ground. The son said he believed his father was looking for cans on Sunday when Stephens approached him.

In a separate video posted on Facebook, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen other people.

“Like I said, I killed 13, so I’m working on 14 as we speak,” he said.

Police have not verified any other shootings or deaths, Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

“There are no more victims that we know are tied to him,” he said.

Police had spoken with family and friends of Stephens, who was a case manager at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.

At the moment he pulls the trigger, he angles the camera away from the victim. However, he then looks back and the victim is shown laying on the ground with blood coming from his head

In one of the videos, Stephens can be seen holding up his Beech Brook employee identification badge.

“I’m killing with my Beech Brook badge on too,” he says.

Stephens also mentioned his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, in one of his Facebook posts. The fraternity issued a statement Sunday night.

“On behalf of the Supreme Council and the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, we lift our sincere and heartfelt prayers and condolences of comfort to the families impacted by the recent shooting in Cleveland, Ohio,” it said.

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