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Cleveland murder suspect Steve Stephens kills himself after pursuit

20 April 2017

The suspected shooter, Steve Stephens, fatally shot himself after a brief pursuit by Pennsylvania State Police officers on Tuesday, ending a two-day nationwide manhunt, police said.

The Erie, Pennsylvania, McDonald's employees who tipped off police and tried to stall Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens are being called heroes on social media.

Troopers initiated a pursuit that lasted about two miles before attempting a PIT maneuver to stop Stephens' vehicle.

Before murdering Godwin, Stephens had written on his Facebook page that he wanted to kill someone out of rage toward his ex-girlfriend.

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Steve Stephens was accused of shooting Robert Godwin Sr, 74, on a Cleveland footpath on Sunday before fleeing in a auto and uploading a video of the murder to Facebook, becoming the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Lane spoke about the ordeal and what her life has been like for the past 48 hours after Stephens said her name in the disturbing video, according to the Washington Post.

"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", Stephens told Godwin in the video. "I can't believe I'm never going to talk to my father no more", she said, in tears.

Godwin will be laid to rest Saturday, almost a week after he his last meal with his children.

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His family says they have forgiven Stephens, and they are sad he took his own life.

Gail Wheeler, of Erie, said she was stopped at a light at the McDonald's when Stephens came "whipping out" of the parking lot, almost hitting her.

Cleveland authorities held a press conference at noon on Tuesday in reaction to Pennsylvania State Police confirming the death of Stephens. His vehicle did a half-turn and came to rest against the curb, and she heard a gunshot, she said. "They had their guns out, but when he shook his head, they lowered their guns". The company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.

- Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 18, 2017Chief Williams: Our condolences are still w family of Mr. Godwin. The company says it disabled Stephen's account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the video of the fatal shooting and two hours after receiving any report. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his capture and prosecution.

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Cleveland murder suspect Steve Stephens kills himself after pursuit