Facebook's Zuck: 'We have work to do to prevent tragedies'
- Author: Arturo Norris Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 10:26
A nationwide man hunt was sparked and the 37-year-old, who was dubbed the "Facebook Killer", took his own life Tuesday after a brief chase involving Pennsylvania State police.
"After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself", they tweeted.
"We would have liked to have brought Steve in peacefully and really talked to him about why this happened".
Stephens took a video of himself shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin in the street as he walked home from Easter meal with his children. The online video reportedly stayed on Facebook for nearly three hours before it was taken down.
Police confirm Steve Stephens, the suspected OH shooter, was found dead in Erie, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the Cleveland police murder investigation of Robert Godwin, Pennsylvania State Police will do their own investigation into the death Steve Stephens.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, officers received a tip around 11 a.m. when Steve Stephens' vehicle was spotted at a McDonald's in Erie.
Stephens claimed that he didn't know Godwin, and said during his broadcasts that he was hunting for random people due to troubles with a girlfriend as well as his mother. He said he "just snapped".
Although Facebook pulled the videos and suspended Stephens' account 23 minutes after they were first reported, Zuckerberg said Facebook could do better in quickly flagging and removing violent videos. "If you did it, you have to face your crime", she said. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name.
Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday didn't shy away from controversy over disturbing videos that were posted to Facebook.
The FBI joined state authorities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, and NY in the search for Stephens, offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the suspect's apprehension.
Williams said they had hoped for a different outcome because they still had a lot of questions for Stephens.