Murder Suspect Steve Stephens Shoots Himself Following Police Chase


Just before Facebook's conference kicked off, Pennsylvania State Police reported Tuesday it found Stephens in Erie County, Pa., on Tuesday morning.

"The troopers attempted a PIT [precision immobilization technique] maneuver to disable Stephens' vehicle, a white Ford Fusion", Pennsylvania State Police explained.

State police caught up to Stephens quickly and gave chase. "We would prefer that it had not ended this way, because there are a lot of questions" about why Stephens did what he did, according to Williams.

Stephens was wanted on murder charges over the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr on Sunday (16 April). In the video, Stephens told his victim to say the name of his girlfriend, saying, "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you".

"All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of 100 bullets", Godwin's daughter, Brenda Haymon, told CNN.

Nearly 400 tips were called in, Williams said, emphasizing the important role the public played in helping to locate Stephens.

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When Stephens went through the drive-thru, the employee at the first window recognized him.

Stephens' mother Maggie Greene said that her son had visited her the day before the shooting.

The FBI had put Stephens on its Most Wanted list, and authorities were offering up to $50,000 in rewards for information leading to his capture. The video was later uploaded to Stephens' Facebook page, which has since been deactivated. Though he claimed in his Facebook post to have killed more than a dozen people, there appears to be no evidence that he shot anyone besides Godwin.

Owner Blake Frederick says suspect Steve Stephens visited Sherwin Shooting Sports within the past year.

The man who police say killed an elderly man and streamed it on Facebook Live reportedly uttered his final words in a McDonald's drive-thru before killing himself during a police auto chase on April 18.