The US man wanted for killing Godwin in OH and then posting a video of the murder on Facebook fatally shot himself on Tuesday after a brief pursuit in neighbouring Pennsylvania, police said.
Acting on a tip, Pennsylvania State Police spotted Steve Stephens, 37, leaving a McDonald's in Erie and went after him, bumping his vehicle to try to get it to stop, authorities said.
Acting on a tip, Pennsylvania State Police spotted Steve Stephens, 37, leaving a McDonald's in Erie and went after him, bumping his auto to try to get it to stop, authorities said.
The search for Stephens began Sunday after he recorded and shared on Facebook a video of himself shooting a stranger named Robert Godwin on a Cleveland street.
In a message posted on Facebook on Tuesday, police confirmed that Steve Stephens had died by suicide after a chase in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
"We've interviewed several people involved in this, and I don't think there's any rhyme or reason for what happened", Williams told reporters Monday.
Authorities said Godwin is the only known victim despite an extensive investigation into Stephens's claims to have killed others.More news: Sanders promoting new blood in Democrats but impact unclear
"He was just a no problem person at all, compared to a lot of people", said Cynthia Coley, a former neighbor. "It's actually the users who are exposed to something that they find disturbing, and then they start that process of review", she says.
"I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all. I can't believe I'm never going to talk to my father no more", she said through tears.
The drive-thru attendant thought she recognized Stephens and called state police, restaurant owner Thomas DuCharme Jr. told the Erie Times-News.
Authorities had traced Stephens to Pennsylvania using signals from his mobile phone, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.
Law enforcement officials said his cellphone was last tracked Sunday afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Cleveland.
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 cleared an extensive background check.
Stephens' mother, Maggie Green said her son told her a day before the shooting that it would be the last time she would see him, according to media reports.