Facebook killer takes his own life as police close in

Facebook killer takes his own life as police close in

It marked a violent end to the almost 48-hour multistate manhunt for Steve Stephens, who was wanted in the apparently random slaying of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.as he walked on a street collecting cans Easter Sunday. "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself".

State police say Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning by state police in Erie County, in the state's northwest corner.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed condolences during a speech Tuesday at F8, an annual conference of developers who build products for the social media site. "As the officers approached that vehicle, Steve Stephens took his own life", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.

Cleveland's police chief said Tuesday they've received more than 400 tips from as far away as Texas, but so far they've been unable to narrow down the manhunt.

He posted video of that shooting on Facebook.

Lane said she's devastated that the victim said her name before he was shot.

"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", Stephens told Goodwin before pointing a gun at him.

Another daughter, Debbie Godwin, said that's what made her father so special.

Authorities have found no evidence of other victims besides Godwin.

But by the time he left the restaurant and turned onto Buffalo Road, where police say he ultimately killed himself, police were right behind him, DuCharme said.

Cleveland police are saying the video never should have been shared.

"There might be people out there in similar situations and we could find out why he did what he did", said Williams.

It was not immediately known what Stephens does for the agency, which said it will serve more than 18,000 children and families this year, according to its website.

Facebook said it removed the video of the shooting 23 minutes after learning of it.

Federal partners were involved in the hunt for Stephens, and were stationed in Erie.

Within a day, authorities expanded the search nationwide and offered a $US50,000 ($66,000) reward for information leading to his capture.

Stephens was on the run from cops in Pennsylvania after his brutal crime was broadcast live on Facebook two days ago.

They said they have had no contact with the suspect, Steve Stephens, since Sunday, when they tried to persuade him to surrender while talking to him on his cellphone after the shooting.

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