Suspect in Facebook murder found dead, Cleveland police confirm

BY    | Updated: Apr 18, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Cleveland authorities held a news conference after the death of Steve Stephens, suspected of killing a Cleveland man last week, was confirmed Tuesday.

The man suspected of broadcasting himself killing a Cleveland man on Facebook last week was found dead Tuesday in nearby Erie, Pennsylvania, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, shot and killed himself after a “brief pursuit,” Pennsylvania State Police confirmed on Twitter.

At approximately 11 a.m. local time, Pennsylvania State Police received a tip for a white Ford Fusion located in west Erie, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters Tuesday. When the vehicle fled, officers followed in a short pursuit. And when it stopped, officers approached the vehicle as Stevens took his own life, Williams said.

In a nearly minute-long video posted Sunday to Facebook, Stephens is shown confronting Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old Cleveland resident, and shooting him dead. The online video reportedly stayed on Facebook for almost three hours before it was taken down.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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