Steve Stephens dead: ‘We have closure’
The man known as the “Facebook killer” may have been taken down by a group of McDonald’s employees in Erie, Pennsylvania, authorities said Tuesday.
Cleveland.com reports officers didn’t find any electronic devices inside gunman Steve Stephens’ vehicle after he led police on a 2-mile chase in Erie, Pennsylvania, and then shot himself dead Tuesday.
Beech Brook, a behavioral health facility in a Cleveland suburb where Stephens had worked since 2008, said in a statement on Tuesday that Stephens had shown no cause for alarm.
“Two seconds later, I hear these sirens, and they come whipping past me”, she said.
When Stephens saw police approaching, he drove off.
“He’s laying there -Oh, Lord have mercy”, she said, moments after walking out her front door and spotting Robert Godwin Sr.’s body. “I’m not happy what you did, but I forgive you”. “Can you double check I’m right?'” franchise owner Thomas DuCharme said.
Police radio dispatches reveal how Pennsylvania State Police were following Steve Stephens’ white Ford Fusion in Erie, Pa. He shot and killed himself after his vehicle spun out and came to a stop.
On Tuesday, in an interview with a local OH news station, Lane spoke about how her life has changed since Stephens recorded himself killing Godwin in Cleveland on Easter Sunday.
The police chief said Tuesday that 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 he steps.
Stephens uploaded video of himself shooting Godwin to his Facebook page.
Stephens’s mother told local news channel that she called him on Sunday after learning about the video, and he had told her he was shooting people because he was “mad with his girlfriend”. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name. “I am sorry that all of this has happened”.
Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tweeted his thanks to the Pennsylvania State Police for their vigilance in pursuing Stephens.