Steve Stephens is reportedly dead. He committed suicide when he was hunted down and surrounded by the police. When Steve Stephens realized that he had no way to escape, he committed suicide using the same revolver that was used to kill an innocent 74-year old man in Cleveland two days ago.
Authorities claim that they were alerted by an employee of a well-known food joint when he went there and ordered a massive beef burger. The McDonald’s employee delayed serving the killer in Erie, Pennsylvania and waited for the police to arrive.
Reports suggest that the McDonald’s employee first got suspicious by his white Ford Fusion that was all over the television channels and then recognizing the alleged killer.
Authorities had announced a reward of $50000 for information leading to the arrest of the alleged Facebook killer who not just killed an old man in cold blooded manner, but recorded the whole incident on his cell phone and put it on the social networking site. It is unclear that the fearless Mcdonald’s employee will be rewarded the full amount or if he will have to share the booty with others.
Authorities say that Stephens shot himself when he lost the control of his car following PIT maneuver by police officials on his car following a brief chase around 11:10 a.m. in Erie. His car was heading into the City of Erie when he killed himself after State Police stopped it, police said.
It is ironic that the man who shot dead an innocent person two days ago is said to be a behavioral therapist himself. Pennsylvania State Police said Steve Stephen cause of death was suicide.
Pennsyvlania State Police on its official Twitter handle said, “Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself”.
The macabre fashion in which he killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., on a Cleveland street, recorded the incident and posted it on Facebook had shocked the entire nation.
In the meantime, while talking about the killing and the subsequent suicide by the killer Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said, “This started with one tragedy and ended with another person taking his own life…Our investigators are on their way. Our federal partners are there already working with PA police.” The PIT maneuver, or precision immobilization technique, is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.