A nationwide manhunt for a disturbed and angry Ohio social worker who shot an elderly man dead in Cleveland while broadcasting it live to Facebook ended with the suspect shooting and killing himself in Pennsylvania’s Erie County.
Steve Stephens, 37, was spotted this morning by Pennsylvania State Police in Erie County but after a brief pursuit, the suspect shot and killed himself.
Cleveland Mayor Jackson yesterday announced a reward of up to $50,000 from the ATF, FBI and Crimestoppers for information leading to Stephens’ arrest.
Local, state and federal authorities involved in the manhunt for Stephens, who was said to be driving a white Ford Fusion with a temporary license plates.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Pennsylvania police got more than 400 tips from the public, including one from a citizen who reported that a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s was in a McDonald’s parking lot, but Stephens fled when officers arrived.
“We are grateful that this has ended,” Williams said. “We would like to have brought Steve in peacefully, and really talked to him and find out exactly why this happened. Because there might be other people out there in similar situations that we can help by finding out why he did what he did and what drove him to this.”
Stephens was wanted for the apparently random killing of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.
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