Suspect in Facebook video killing shoots himself to death

An armor police vehicle drives through Fairmount park in Philadelphia, Monday, April 17, 2017.

Local police in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania said Steve Stephens took his own life.

Police said he shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin on Sunday when Godwin stepped out after an Easter meal with his family.

Steve Stephens posted a video to Facebook on Sunday showing himself saying, "I found somebody I'm about to kill". FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2012, file photo, a Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPad, in NY. From the beginning, when Stephens recorded the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr. on Facebook, it spread like wildfire on social networks.

The chase lasted two miles before Stephens took his own life, police said. "We would like to have brought Steve in peacefully, and really talked to him and find out exactly why this happened".

Cleveland Police issued an aggravated murder warrant for Stephens and a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to his capture. Some activists have claimed Facebook has unfairly removed evidence of police violence against residents, while others are upset that it took the site so long to take down a video clearly showing a violent crime.

"I snapped, I just snapped", Stephens, a job counselor for teens and young adults, said in the video.

Cleveland police first learned of the shooting from callers outside the Cleveland area who saw the Facebook post, according to police union President Steve Loomis. "Mr. Stephens, we forgive you, but we're asking you to turn yourself in", said one of Godwin's daughters. I'm not happy with what you did, but I forgive you'.

A post shared online and in the media from Lane's now-deleted Facebook page says she "can't believe this is happening". "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself", the police said on Twitter, providing no further details.

Police said the woman he referred to was in a safe place.

A patrol trooper was not able to stop in time and slid into Stephens' vehicle. Ultimately, the search ended 100 miles away in the city on the shore Lake Erie.

While investigators have not yet identified a motive for the seemingly random slaying, other videos released by Stephens detailed his catastrophic gambling losses and trouble with his girlfriend.

On Sunday, Stephens uploaded three videos to Facebook.

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