Facebook killer takes his own life as police close in
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 10:39
Williams said police have spoken to the woman, and she is safe and cooperating with the investigation.
Haymon, Godwin's youngest child from his first marriage, said he was the father of 10.
"'Facebook Killer' Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County". Godwin did not seem to recognize the name. FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2012, file photo, a Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPad, in NY.
In other videos posted to his Facebook account, Stephens claimed he murdered 15 other people and would kill again.
Speaking at an annual Facebook software conference, Zuckerberg also expressed condolences for Godwin's family and friends.
People have used Facebook Live to capture crimes such as rape, torture, child and animal abuse.
According to a timeline of events pieced together by police and Facebook, Stephens posted a video on Sunday afternoon saying he meant to kill, and followed up two minutes later with video of Godwin's shooting.
Facebook on Monday said it would review how it monitors violent footage and other objectionable material in response to the killing after Stephens' post was visible on the social media site for about two hours.
Beginning with a gunshot, ending in 127-characters; a tweet from the Pennsylvania State Police ended a nightmare 48-hour, nationwide pursuit for Steve Stephens.
"After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself", they tweeted. "I wanted them to know how sorry we are for what happened".
Stephens, 37, allegedly shot dead 74-year-old Robert Godwin as the victim walked home from Easter lunch on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.
In one video posted on Facebook, Stephens said that he gambled away everything and that he and his girlfriend had planned to marry but did not, without saying why.
Police warned Stephens' death might make it harder to prevent similar crimes.
Tammy Godwin said after getting that call she ran down to her mother's house, just a few doors down, not being able to fully comprehend the news she was just told. "My dad would be the kind of person that would say, 'You gotta forgive'". "I guess it's a relief that the man that killed her father.he gone too", said Paul. Stephens pulled up to the next window, where restaurant owner Thomas DuCharme Jr. and a supervisor tried stalling him by telling him his fries were delayed.
"We're grateful this ended", Williams said, adding, "We would have preferred it not ended this way". "All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of 100 bullets", she said. "As the officers approached that vehicle, Steve Stephens took his own life", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.
Gail Wheeler, of Erie, said she was stopped at a light at the McDonald's when Stephens came "whipping out" of the parking lot, almost hitting her.
Stephens fled, and state troopers gave chase.