The US man wanted for killing an elderly man in OH and then posting a video of the murder on Facebook fatally shot himself Tuesday after a brief pursuit in neighboring Pennsylvania, police said.
Pennsylvania State Police say that Steve Stephens has committed suicide following a brief pursuit in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Stephens also posted a video of him laughing about the murder and claiming he had killed more than a dozen others, police said.
Cleveland police previously warned that Stephens could have escaped anywhere between the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Indiana.
Police said that Stephens was found dead in the same vehicle he was driving when he shot and killed Robert Godwin, 74.
The Godwin family is coming to grips with the cold-blooded slaying, a killing seen by untold numbers of people after his suspected killer posted video of the shooting to Facebook.
In interviews before Stephens' death, Godwin's relatives said they forgave his killer.
Chief Williams: This is now a national search for Steve.
Our thoughts remain with the friends, family and loved ones of Steve's victim, Robert Godwin. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name.
The woman in question later reached out to CBS News and confirmed that she had been in a relationship with Stephens for several years.
It wasn't immediately clear where Stephens had been since Sunday.
"We have investigations going all over this country trying to pinpoint his actual location", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Monday. "I am sorry that all of this has happened".
"She's the reason why this is about to happen to you", Stephens said.
The owner of the Willoughby gun range, Blake Frederick, told Cleveland.com that he recalls Stephens as nice and jovial and doesn't remember anything negative about him. "This is a very hard time for me and my family", Lane told CBS News in a text message.
While Steve was on the run from authorities, he claimed he had killed at least 13 other people during his rampage. "It was always good things", Lee said. Detectives spoke with the suspect Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.