Facebook killer Steve Stephens has been found dead of an apparent suicide, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
The shooting occurred in Erie County, Pennsylvania, near the Ohio border, following a brief pursuit with members of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017
According to local paper Go Erie, State police had followed his car, a white Ford Fusion, after leaving a nearby McDonald’s. The car then stopped in the westbound lane of Buffalo Road, in front of a former Elementary School.
Police had conducted a nationwide manhunt for the man accused of killing a man and broadcasting the murder on Facebook Live on Sunday. Stephens also claimed to have killed an additional 13 people. According to CNN, the manhunt led to various dead ends, with authorities scouring abandoned buildings and pleading for the public’s help in finding him, offering a $50,000 reward.
Steve Stephens posted a Facebook Live video at around 2:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon in which he shot and killed 74-year old Robert Goodwin, Sr. The footage reportedly remained online for three hours before being deleted. The video has since been shared in other formats by users on Twitter.
Stephens said in a later video he would not stop until his mother, and another woman speculated to be his girlfriend, called him.
Stephens posted a Facebook Live video soon after, in which he called a friend and appeared to confess to multiple murders, saying that he “snapped.” “I just killed thirteen motherf—-,” Stephens tells the unidentified person on the other end of the line, before clearly identifying his Facebook account handle.
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