>> Cleveland police on Tuesday announcing that a suspect wanted for murder who shared video of the crime on Facebook is dead.>> I want to officially announce that the search for Steve Stephens has ended.>> Police saying Stephens shot himself during a pursuit. He'd been on the run since Sunday when he allegedly shot and killed an elderly man and fled.
Video of the murder was on Facebook for about three hours before it was taken down, and Stephens' account deactivated. The three day manhunt for Stephens spanned the US, ending after an employee at a McDonald's drive-thru recognized the suspect's Ford Fusion. That tip led Pennsylvania State Police to the suspect's car in Erie County.
>> It was a short pursuit in which the vehicle was stopped. As the officers approached the vehicle, Steve took his own life.>> Stephens apparently picked his victim at random. 74 year old Robert Godwin Sr. was walking home from an Easter meal with family Sunday afternoon. The murder forced Facebook to confront its role in disseminating video of the gruesome crime.
>> Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr. and we have a lot of work. And we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.>> It decried the use of its platform, but is yet to offer any way of preventing such use again.
>> This is something that should not been shared around the world, period. And our kids, although they should not have seen this, I'm sure a lot have. They need to take this as a lesson, we can't do this in this country, we just can't do it.>>