Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Facebook Live Cleveland killer dead after chase


A male suspect who police said posted a video of himself on Facebook killing an elderly man in the U.S. state of OH has fatally shot himself after a "brief" chase in neighbouring Pennsylvania, according to police.

It wasn't immediately clear where Stephens had been since the Sunday shooting in Cleveland, which killed a 74-year-old retired man.

Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation had asked the five states that surround OH to be on the lookout and traced him to Erie, Pennsylvania, where Stephens took his own life rather than be arrested.

The workers, who haven't yet been identified, spotted Stephens, 37, as he pulled into their drive-thru on Buffalo Road in Erie, Pennsylvania, at around 11am.

"We are grateful that this has ended", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams told reporters.

Claims made by Stephens in the video to have carried out a wider killing spree were unfounded, police said.

Lane said she and Stephens dated for a while, and had discussed getting engaged, but they broke up and she urged him to seek help for gambling issues.

The man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting after video of the incident was posted on Facebook is dead following a brief pursuit in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The online video reportedly stayed on Facebook for nearly three hours before it was taken down.

Williams said police have spoken to the woman, and she is safe and cooperating with the investigation. In the video, he asked Godwin to repeat her name.

While 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer in Minneapolis after being pulled over for a broken taillight last year.

"We have closure", Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said.

Monday evening, Facebook announced that it was launching a review for reporting harmful content. "I am sorry that all of this has happened". "We received reports about the third video, containing the man's live confession, only after it had ended".

Miller and other family members of Godwin said that their Christianity gives them the strength to forgive Stephens.

Police said detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender.

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