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How the 'Facebook Killer' Was Caught Thanks to Quick-Thinking McDonald's Workers

20 April 2017

Stephens, who had no prior criminal record, was not suspected in any other killings, Cleveland officials had said. Stephens immediately grabbed a gun, put it to his head and killed himself, state police said. "We were just trying to make sure she could get in contact with state police", restaurant owner Tom Ducharme said.

Following a brief police pursuit, Stephens died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams answers questions during a news conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Cleveland.

A McDonald's worker reportedly recognized Stephens and called 911. The social media network later removed the video.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr. and we have a lot of work.and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening".

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The WKYC Facebook page has been filled with people thanking and congratulating the McDonald's employee for their bravery. He said he "just snapped".

But Godwin's daughters, Tonya R. Godwin-Baines and Debbie D. Godwin, wanted to reassure Lane that Stephens' actions were not her fault and that she shouldn't blame herself. "I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all". 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.

Acting on a tip from the McDonald's, state troopers spotted Stephens leaving the restaurant in Erie and went after him, bumping his vehicle to try to get it to stop, authorities said. After a brief auto chase ended in front of an abandoned school, the alleged gunman was pronounced dead at the scene due to an apparent suicide.

Citizens and police in Erie had been on high alert after a ping from Stephens' cell phone was detected there Sunday.

Police said it wasn't clear whether Stephens had any help while he was on the run or where he had been and that investigators will try to retrace his steps. The company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.

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"And this is a prime example, this is something that should not have been shared around the world".

Ricardo Green said his brother hated Cleveland and wanted to be taken seriously.

As for the reward, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said, "There is an award up to $50,000 for the arrest of Mr. Steve Stephens". Godwin did not seem to recognize the name.

The family of the so-called Facebook killer said Steve Stephens felt he should have been more successful in life and was upset over the recent end to a relationship.

Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.

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