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Videos show desperation of suspect in Facebook video killing

Sherri Watson | 19 April, 2017, 01:31

The US man wanted for killing an elderly man in OH and then posting a video of the murder on Facebook fatally shot himself today after a brief pursuit in neighboring Pennsylvania, police said.

Authorities say police tried to pull Stephens over.

"I hate that he killed himself, because I wanted the police to put about 100 bullets in him", Haymon said.

On day two of the manhunt, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Stephen Anthony said Stephens, a counsellor for young adults "could be nearby, he could be far away, or anywhere in between".

Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning by state police in Erie County.

Police responded to the scene, said Williams, and Stephens fled.

"Steve, if you're out there listening, call someone - whether it's a friend or family member or pastor - give them a call; they're waiting for you to call them", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams pleaded with Stephens at an afternoon news conference.

It all lasted less than a minute, and authorities said the two men did not know each other.

"He could be a lot of places", said Stephen Anthony, the FBI's top agent in Cleveland.

Stephens was wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the shooting death of a 74-year-old retired man in Cleveland on Sunday.

Police had announced a reward of $50,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Investigators said that Mr Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite his claim on Facebook that he killed more than a dozen people. Video of the killing was uploaded to Facebook. Stephens said he had no time to wait and drove off, DuCharme said. Not reported to Facebook.

Following a fatal shooting that was reportedly streamed live on Facebook Live on Sunday, Facebook has released a statement entitled Community Standards and Reporting. "We received reports about the third video, containing the man's live confession, only after it had ended". Facebook said it removed the video 23 minutes after learning of it.

A manhunt that started in Cleveland's gritty east side expanded rapidly into a nationwide search for Stephens, a 37-year-old job counselor who worked with teens and young adults, police said.

"To be honest, we've interviewed several people involved in this and I don't think there is any rhyme or reason for it happening", Williams said. "He took our dad", Godwin's daughter Tammy told CNN on April 17. "My heart is broke". "I forgive him because we are all sinners", he said.

Facebook on Monday said it is reviewing its "reporting flows" to improve how the platform will handle videos of violence and other offensive content shared on the social media site.