Cleveland Facebook killer dead in Pennsylvania

The man who posted a Facebook Live video showing him fatally shooting an elderly man in Cleveland died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning, authorities in Pennsylvania said.

Steve Stephens had been on the run since Sunday. State police found Stephens's body in a white Ford Fusion after a brief pursuit in Erie, Pa., Tuesday morning.

In a Facebook Live video, Stephens, 37, could be seen fatally shooting Robert Godwin, 74, in Cleveland. The episode sparked a nationwide search for Stephens, who fled soon after the shooting.

Authorities issued a warrant for Stephens’ arrest, and offered up to $50,000 for information leading to his capture.


In the video, Stephens can be seen approaching Godwin and then saying the name of a woman. Godwin does not appear to know whom Stephens is referring to.

“She's the reason that this is about to happen to you," Stephens says to Godwin before pointing a gun at him and shooting.

Stephens also claimed in the video that he had killed 15 people that same day, though police have not been able to confirm any other murders.

Facebook also faced scrutiny for failing to quickly remove the video. The company said in a statement on Monday that it was reviewing the process by which users can report such content.

Facebook Live allows users to post live videos directly to their Facebook pages for other users to watch.

“In this case, we did not receive a report about the first video, and we only received a report about the second video – containing the shooting – more than an hour and 45 minutes after it was posted,” Facebook said in a statement.

Stephens had worked at Beech Brook, a behavioral health center for children in Ohio, since 2008.

“We were shocked and horrified yesterday to learn about the situation involving the threats by Steve Stephens and the tragic shooting of Mr. Godwin,” Beech Brook said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family during this time of grief.”