Hunt for Facebook Killer Steve Stephens is Over … Found in Erie, PA Dead … Commits Suicide After Confronted by Police
THE HUNT FOR FACEBOOK KILLER IS OVER AS EXPECTED …
Steve Stephens, the Cleveland Facebook killer committed suicide after troopers stopped car in Erie, PA. McDonald’s workers had tipped off the police that Stephens was in area at their drive thru. It is reported that Stephens shot himself after troopers pursued his car and stopped him. As per the NY Times, as his car spun to a stop, “Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head.” Good riddance and I guess the once saving grace here is that no other individuals were harmed by this murderous sicko and Stephens spared the tax payers and the grieving family of 74 year old Mr. Godwin.
Teper said a “concerned citizen on Buffalo Road” contacted law enforcement at 11:10 a.m. and that Stephens was sighted at a McDonald’s in Harborcreek. He would not identify the concerned citizen and said he did not know whether the person would receive a reward for the information.
He said Stephens shot himself after troopers pursued his car and stopped him in what is called a P.I.T. maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, in which police cause a car to go sideways and stop.
The chase, which Teper said never went above 50 miles per hour, involved four state police vehicles and was joined by members of the Wesleyville Police Department, he said.
“Facebook Killer” Steve Stephens was spotted just after 11 a.m. this morning by an alert citizen near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in Erie County, Pennsylvania, which is less than two miles from PSP Troop E headquarters.
PSP troopers immediately began to canvas the area for Stephens and located him in his vehicle a short time later. Troopers in marked patrol units initiated a pursuit that lasted approximately two miles. The troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens’ vehicle, a white Ford Fusion. As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head.
Today at approximately 11am, Cleveland Division of Police Command was notified that Pennsylvania State Police had, through a tip from a citizen, located the suspect vehicle wanted in the homicide of Robert Godwin, Sr. Pennsylvania State Police, in marked patrol vehicles, attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect fled in the white Ford Fusion and, after a short pursuit, the suspect took his own life. No injuries to members of the community or to law enforcement were reported. The suspect, Steve Stephens was pronounced deceased on scene.
Please see update from Pennsylvania State Police here. Requests for information directly relating to the incident involving the Pennsylvania State Police should be directed to the Pennsylvania State Police.
This investigation remains in the early stages. Reward monies in this case were offered through Crime Stoppers. The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Police are not involved in any reward monies that may be paid to individuals who provided the tips leading to the suspect’s location.