A U.S. gunman accused of murdering an elderly grandfather and posting the footage on Facebook killed himself Tuesday after a brief police chase, bringing to a close a frantic nationwide manhunt.
It marked a violent end to the almost 48-hour multistate manhunt for Steve Stephens, whose case brought another round of criticism down on Facebook over how responsibly it polices objectionable material posted by users.
While the auto was spinning out of control Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head, Pennsylvania State Police said.
Within "30 seconds", he said, state police had responded and were on Stephens' tail.
"We are getting calls from all over the country as far away as Texas", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said in a news conference Tuesday morning. "We would like to have brought Steve in peacefully, and really talked to him and find out exactly why this happened".More news: Atletico have edge in Champions League semis - Buffon
Steve Stephens, 37 and thought to have been mentally unstable, had been on the run since 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr was shot dead on Easter Sunday, seemingly at random in broad daylight in Cleveland, Ohio. 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.
Watch CBN News Reporter Charlene Aaron's interview with Chris Pandolfo of the Conservative Review about the trend of crime played out on social media. Steve Stephens had posted a video of the crime on Facebook. He said he "just snapped".
Godwin was a father to 10. "And that's been hard", she said.
Just after 11 a.m. today (Tuesday), a female employee at the McDonald's drive-thru pay window in Harborcreek Township recognized Stephens and told her manager.More news: Dade says it's following immigration law
But the gunman had been a regular at Erie's Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Wayne Kline said.
DuCharme said a supervisor went to the window and tried to stall Stephens by telling him that his order of fries would need more time to cook.
Stephens took his own life on Tuesday as police attempted to pull him over.
"What it's being used for is not what it was meant to be used for", she said.
Wheeler said she followed the chase and saw a trooper clip Stephens' rear bumper.More news: UFC 210: Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson retires from MMA after losing title fight
Robert's daughters told Lane the killing was not her fault, according to the station. She then saw officers approach the vehicle.
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