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US 'Facebook' Killer Shoots Self Following Police Chase

20 April 2017

Stephens, who had no prior criminal record, was not suspected in any other killings, Cleveland officials said.

Around 11am Tuesday, Stephens went through a McDonald's drive-thru in Erie, Pennsylvania, where an employee recognized him from television reports and called 911.

Stephens' vehicle sustained minor damage after a trooper couldn't stop in time and hit the auto, but no other injuries to law enforcement were reported.

"When people go on the run like this, at some point in time, they need help", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams told a news conference earlier Tuesday, before Stephens was found dead.

Authorities in several states are on the lookout for a man police say shot a Cleveland retiree collecting aluminum cans and then posted video of the apparently random killing on Facebook. Facebook has come under fire for leaving up the disturbing video for about two hours before it was taken down.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops. The company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.

One of Godwin's daughters, Debbie, said she wished Stephens had been apprehended.

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"Stephens posted a video of himself killing Robert Godwin Sr., a former foundry worker who had ten children, police said".

A nationwide manhunt in the US came to an end Tuesday when a man accused of posting a murder video on Facebook shot himself after a short police chase, authorities said.

Police say the 37-year-old Stephens had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

"(I want to) hug you, tell you it's not your fault and love you", Godwin-Baines told Lane during the encounter filmed by WJW, which CNN said was a Cleveland affiliate.

Police initially reported that Stephens broadcast the murder on Facebook Live.

"We have a lot of work (to do) and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening", Zuckerberg said during his F8 keynote in San Jose, California. When authorities tried to pull him over, he shot and killed himself.