VIDEOS & PHOTOS LEAK MOMENTS: Of Cleveland Man Steve Stephens Dead Body Shot & Killed Himself In Erie Pennsylvania Inside White Ford Car (Stream Live Facebook)
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Cleveland Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens
shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit, Pennsylvania State Police say
Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Erie, Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Stephens had been spotted by state police in Erie County earlier in the morning and shot and killed himself after a brief chase.
Cleveland Police are searching for man Steve Stephens who is suspected of killing another man and uploading the video to Facebook. The police said Stephens may already have left Ohio and asked residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be on alert.
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WOW: CLEVELAND MAN STEVE STEPHENS: FACEBOOK KILLING SUSPECT IS IN PHILADELPHIA OR NEW JERSEY!!!
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Stephens Facebook page has since been taken down. You can watch other videos in which he talks about his reasons for the killing here.
In the shocking video, which was recorded and then uploaded to the page, not streamed live, Stephens can be seen driving down the road and he says, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude, before exiting his vehicle. He walks up to the man and begins talking to him, asking how old he is before pulling out a gun.
The man tries to shield himself before Stephens fires once, hitting the man in the head.
The video shows the man on the ground, bleeding as Stephens walks back to his car and drives off
The shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street, police said. The victim has been identified as Robert Godwin Sr. 74
Stephens remained at large Monday after police searched dozens of locations to no avail, following up on leads.
The search has extended to neighboring states, with police broadcasts about Stephens being put out to officers in Pennsylvania and New York. He was possibly in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 7 p.m. Sunday, the Times Observer reports.
We need Steve to turn himself in, Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference. Right now there are two families out there hurting. Mr. Godwin’s family and of course there are people out there who care about Steve and want to see this not go any further.
We’ve brought everything to bear on this, from our federal partners, our state and local partners. And everybody is out there looking for Steve. We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now. … What happened today is senseless,” Williams said.
The chief said police have been in contact with Stephens’ family to try to get him to turn himself in.
Mayor Frank Jackson also spoke directly to Stephens.
We want to communicate to him that we know who he is and that he will eventually be caught,” Jackson said. “He need not do anymore harm to anybody, any innocent people. Whatever concerns or problems that he’s having we’re here to have a conversation with him.
Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Twitter, “This is a hideous criminal & the Ohio Highway Patrol has made all resources available to Cleveland in its response.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Stephens is “obviously armed and dangerous,” and could be in many places. He said anyone with tips should call 911 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.
“The goal here is to find Mr. Stephens before any other crimes are committed,” Anthony said. 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr
UPDATE Homicide suspect Steve Stephens' actual vehicle has Ohio Temp tag E363630 pic.twitter.com/tE3r5u4BNN
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On Facebook, Stephens blamed the shootings on a woman, who appears to have been his girlfriend, Joy Lane.
He wrote, “three years I spent with this bitch … I wish we never met.”
In the video showing him shooting an elderly man, he asks him to say his ex-girlfriend’s name before shooting him.
“She’s the reason this is about to happen to you,” he says.
Cleveland Police said in a Facebook post that Steve Stephens is 6’1 and weighs 244 pounds, with a bald head and a full beard, wearing dark blue and grey or a black striped polo shirt. He is driving a white or cream colored Ford Fusion with Ohio temporary tag E363630.
God bless this man & his family. This breaks my heart beyond words. Mr. Robert Godwin Sr. was killed in Cleveland, Rest in peace. 💔 pic.twitter.com/2Id9Hr8znv
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