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'Facebook Killer' Commits Suicide in Pa. After Police Chase, Officials Say

By Aidan Gardiner | April 18, 2017 10:54am | Updated on April 18, 2017 11:59am
 Steve Stephens may have fled to New York after fatally shooting a man in Cleveland, police there said.
Steve Stephens may have fled to New York after fatally shooting a man in Cleveland, police there said.
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Cleveland Division of Police

NEW YORK CITY — The man authorities believe fatally shot a 74-year-old before broadcasting it on Facebook, killed himself after a police chase in Pennsylvania, officials said.

Steve Stephens, 37, had been on the lam since he gunned down Robert Godwin in Cleveland Sunday, later uploading video of the killing to Facebook, officials said.

On Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania State Police got a tip that he was in a McDonald's parking lot in Erie, Pennsylvania, and went to investigate, officials said.

Stephens pulled away and there was a brief chase before he stopped again, officials said. He then shot himself as the officers got out of their car and approached him, officials said.

New Yorkers and residents in other states neighboring Ohio, including Pennsylvania, had been on high alert after the homicide as investigators tried to track him down.

Officials Tuesday afternoon lauded investigators for their hard work in the case, but said they wished it had ended differently.

"This started with a tragedy and ended with another person taking his own life and a loss of life is a loss of life," said Chief Calvin Williams of Cleveland's police department.