Facebook murder suspect kills himself after police pursuit

Facebook murder suspect kills himself after police pursuit

It marked a violent end to the almost 48-hour multistate manhunt for Steve Stephens, who was wanted in the apparently random slaying of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.as he walked on a street collecting cans Easter Sunday.

The manhunt ended when police received a tip off shortly after 11:00 am (1500 GMT) that Stephens was sitting in a white Ford Fusion vehicle in a McDonald's parking lot near Erie Pennsylvania, just over the border from Ohio.

Although Facebook pulled the videos and suspended Stephens' account 23 minutes after they were first reported, Zuckerberg said Facebook could do better in quickly flagging and removing violent videos.

At a Silicon Valley conference Tuesday afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly mentioned the Cleveland case.

Stephens supposedly killed Godwin in an attempt to get his mother and girlfriend to get in contact with him. When Stephens ordered, the employee stalled by giving him his chicken nuggets but told him his fries weren't ready yet.

She said the chase slowed suddenly from 50 miles per hour to about 20 miles per hour when the road narrowed from four lanes to two. Two cars were in front of his, and police were on the way by the time Stephens reached the pickup window.

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The FBI joined state authorities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, and NY in the search for Stephens, offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the suspect's apprehension.

Lane said her and Stephens were romantically involved for a while and had discussed getting married.

Stephens, 37, had been on the run for three days but was spotted when he pulled into a drive-thru McDonald's in Pennsylvania - more than 100 miles from the scene of the murder. He then shot him. "I've been told that I'm the one who should have died".

Facebook has been criticised for being slow to take the posting of the killing. The one officer just shook his head. Stephens said in a separate video on Facebook on Sunday that he had already killed a dozen others. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name. There were no injuries to law enforcement or the public. Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.

Within a day, authorities expanded the search nationwide and offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

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