'Facebook killer' reportedly dies following brief police chase

  • 'Facebook killer' reportedly dies following brief police chase

'Facebook killer' reportedly dies following brief police chase

They had their guns out but when he shook his head, they lowered their guns."Stephens killed himself, authorities said.State police Major William Teper Jr. said the trooper who bumped Stephens' vehicle "saw him pull the gun out and shoot himself".

Facebook said it removed the video of the shooting 23 minutes after learning of it - the company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.

"Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook will need to do better, but how they do that with the social media site with two billion users is the question that's facing them at the moment".

On Tuesday, in an interview with a local OH news station, Lane spoke about how her life has changed since Stephens recorded himself killing Godwin in Cleveland on Easter Sunday.

"We are grateful that this has ended", said Cleveland Division of Police Chief Calvin Williams.

"'Facebook Killer' Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County".

Lane said she's devastated that the victim said her name before he was shot.

Ducharme said employees there "weren't 100 percent sure, but we had a pretty good idea" that the man was Stephens.

Mr Godwin did not seem to recognise the name.

"He was definitely one in a million", said another daughter, Debbie Godwin.

Stephens is believed to have videotaped his actions and published it on Facebook, along with another video threatening to kill others and claiming he had already killed 13 people. Williams said police have not verified any other shootings or deaths.

"Only Steve knows that", Williams said. The behavioral health agency where he worked said an extensive background check before he was hired turned up nothing worrisome. A video uploaded two minutes later appears to show him gunning down Godwin.

A patrol trooper involved with the pursuit struck Stephens' vehicle, causing minor damage, state police say. The search for murder suspect Steve Stephens put authorities in surrounding states on the lookout Monday after police said the man might have left Ohio.

The FBI had put Stephens on its Most Wanted list, and authorities were offering up to US$50,000 (A$66,225) in rewards for information leading to his capture.

She also said Stephens was "a nice guy" who was good to her and her children.

In a third video 11 minutes later, streamed live from Stephens's auto, he said he meant to kill others.

They said they have had no contact with the suspect, Steve Stephens, since Sunday, when they tried to persuade him to surrender while talking to him on his cellphone after the shooting.