McDonald's drive-thru employee helped stop accused Facebook killer

Jerome Frank
April 19, 2017

A man who posted a video of himself on Facebook killing an elderly man shot and killed himself after a "brief pursuit" by Pennsylvania state police officers yesterday.

Stephens posted the violent video of himself shooting Godwin to Facebook, and it took them almost 2 hours to find and remove the footage. Pennsylvania state troopers received a tip from a McDonald's employee in Erie, in far western Pennsylvania, approximately 100 miles east of Cleveland.

The accused killer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday after police searched for days to track him down.

"We are in the early stages of this", Williams said.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says anyone who thinks they've seen Stephens should call 911. DuCharme says Stephens replied he had no time to wait and drove away.

"They got to grow up without a daddy", she said.

"I'm thinking at that point he might have been thinking someone in the store recognized him, and he was trying to get out of here", Ducharme said.

Cleveland Police said they are still investigating what prompted Stevens to allegedly attack Godwin.

"Keeping our global community safe is an important part of our mission", the company said.

"I am pretty sure he figured out that we were on to him", he said. "I just keep wondering what I'm going to do about my brother".

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"I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all", she said.

At around 11 a.m., Stephens pulled into a McDonald's in Erie County, Pennsylvania, and ordered a 20-piece chicken nuggets and bucket of fries, GoErie.com reports.

He praised the tipster: "I thank them from the bottom of my heart". The vehicle fled, stopped, and as the officers approached, Stephens shot and killed himself, police said.

Local experts say the Cleveland Facebook killer's suicide late Tuesday morning will make the police investigation more hard.

Law enforcement in Cleveland held press conference at noon ET to update on the case.

"This started with one tragedy and ended with another person ending their life", Chief Williams said at a press conference, notes The Daily Mail. " ... We would like to have brought Stephens in peacefully and talked to him about why this happened".

It was not immediately clear how long Stephens had been in Erie, an area of remote woodland, farms and barns.

Steve Stephens worked at Beech Brook, an agency in suburban Cleveland that deals with vulnerable young people. Investigators had asked residents of five states to be on alert and broadcast Stephens' image on electronic billboards. The company has encouraged users to "go live" in casual settings, while waiting for baggage at the airport, for example, or eating at a tasty food truck.

The murder and a video sparked outrage across the world and renewed scrutiny of the growing number of grisly videos being posted on social media.

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.

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