Facebook killer takes his own life as police close in

Search For Facebook Killer Continues
Search For Facebook Killer Continues

20 April, 2017

Pennsylvania state troopers received a tip from a McDonald's employee in Erie, in far western Pennsylvania, approximately 100 miles east of Cleveland.

WICU reports that Stephens went to a McDonald's drive-thru and ordered chicken McNuggets and French fries.

Stephens was found dead as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being spotted by police in Western Pennsylvania, officials say.

"At a little after 11, state police officers received information that Stephens' white vehicle was parked in a McDonald's auto park", said Williams. "I wouldn't wish that on anybody".

The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, shot and killed himself after a "brief pursuit", Pennsylvania State Police confirmed on Twitter.

The incident was the latest grisly crime posted on Facebook, reviving questions about videos posted on the world's largest social network, and how - or if - they can be monitored.

Before the start of Facebook's annual F8 developers conference, CEO Zuckerberg said: "We have a lot more to do here".

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Facebook drew criticism for not removing the gruesome video until two hours after Stephens posted it.

Stephens' recent Facebook posts give insights into a deeply troubled man who earlier in the week complained that he had "lost everything" due to gambling debts. He said he "just snapped".

The interview with Cooper came after Godwin's daughters met with Joy Lane, the woman Stephens repeatedly blamed for his problems in videos uploaded to Facebook around the time of the killing.

After Godwin complies, Stephens responds: "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you", before fatally shooting his victim through a white plastic bag Godwin held up in a bid to protect himself.

Stephens allegedly filmed himself committing the murder and published the video on Facebook along with another video in which he claims to have previously murdered an additional 13 people. Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.

"I don't want that man to die, I want him brought to justice", one of his sons, Robby Miller, said.

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