Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday that suspected “Facebook Live Killer” Steve Stephens fatally shot himself in Erie County after a brief pursuit.
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017
Stephens, 37, was charged with aggravated murder early Monday after he allegedly shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Easter Sunday afternoon while streaming it Facebook, according to Cleveland police.
Facebook disputes that the video was streamed live, saying Stephens posted the video of Godwin’s killing after the fact. The video was up for three hours before Facebook removed it, along with Stephens’ account.
“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook,” the social media giant said. “We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”
Stephens can be seen in the clip walking up to Godwin, who collecting aluminum cans in a plastic bag, and telling him to repeat a woman’s name as he pointed a gun at him. Godwin didn’t appear to recognize the woman’s name.
“She’s the reason this is about to happen to you,” Stephens told him before pulling the trigger.