Pennsylvania State Police say the manhunt for the alleged "Facebook Killer" Steve Stephens is over.
Pennsylvania State Police look over a auto as they investigate the scene where Steve Stephens, the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook, was found shot dead Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Erie. Pa. After his cell phone pinged, he could be anywhere within 100 miles east of Cleveland.
State troopers responded to a sighting Stephen's Ford Fusion in the parking lot of a McDonalds' in Erie at 11 a.m.
Following a short pursuit, he shot himself as officers approached him.
Stephens was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Robert Godwin Sr. So we've talked before about people not living their lives on social media, and being truthful on social media, and not harming people via social media, and this is a prime example.
Facebook said it removed the video of the shooting 23 minutes after learning of it.
Williams: There are a lot of remote areas for someone to hide.
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Regarding the chilling video, Williams said Tuesday, "This is something that should not have been shared around the world. Period. We can't do this in this country".
Authorities said Stephens killed Godwin and posted video of the killing on Facebook before fleeing the state, triggering a nationwide manhunt.
The company will do all it can to prevent content like Stephens' post, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook's annual conference for software developers on Tuesday in San Jose, California.
Police got a tip saying Stephens' vehicle was in a McDonald's parking lot there. According to the warrant, Godwin was "simply walking down the street collecting cans" when he was shot.
Facebook has also inadvertently hosted videos showing the torture of a young man with disabilities in Chicago, the musings of a serial killer being chased by police, child abuse and, now, murder.
A fast-thinking restaurant employee recognized Steve Stephens, so told him he'd have to wait for his fries a little longer - while another worker quickly dialed 911.
In a statement, the spokesperson said the shooting was a "horrific crime". That information has not been verified by police.
Stephens s photo had gone up on billboards and more than 400 tips had poured in before the suspect was spotted in Pennsylvania.