Suspect in Facebook video murder dead

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(Cleveland Police via AP). Godwin was walking on East 93rd Street in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood collecting cans. "Period", Cleveland's police chief said.

The video, which was posted on Sunday by OH man Steve Stephens, showed the graphic murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

The daughter of Robert Godwin Sr., the man Stephens allegedly killed, released the following statement in reaction to the death of Stephens. Local, state and federal authorities were involved in the hunt for Stephens, who was said to be driving a white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag.

(AP Photo/James H. Collins, File).

The video on Stephens' Facebook page showed a gun being pointed at an unidentified man's head.

WEWS-TV reported that a video Stephens posted to Facebook previous year showed him rapidly firing at targets at the range in Willoughby and being warned to stop by an employee. After a brief chase, he took his own life, authorities said.

Police said in a 3:30 p.m. news conference that an autopsy of Stephens' body will occur Wednesday at the Erie County Coroner's Office. "We would like to have brought Steve in peacefully, and really talked to him and find out exactly why this happened". In it, he said, "I snapped, I just snapped".

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The auto Stephens was thought to be driving, a white Ford Fusion, did not contain Global Positioning System tracking devices, authorities said.

"I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all. If you did it, you have to face your crime", she said.

They received almost 400 tips.

Stephens reportedly fled and state troopers initiated a pursuit. As his auto was spinning out of control, he shot himself in the head with a pistol, police said. He is believed to have shot himself after a short police pursuit.

Steve Stephens, 37, had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt in the wake of Sunday's killing in Cleveland.

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.

Facebook on Monday said it would review how it monitors violent footage and other objectionable material in response to the killing after Stephens' post was visible on the social media site for about two hours.