Police: Facebook murder suspect kills himself

Quick thinking by a McDonald's worker brought the two-day manhunt for Steve Stephens to an end. Stephens was at the center of a nationwide manhunt after police say he killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Easter Sunday in Cleveland.

ERIE, Pa. -- Steve Stephens, the man wanted for killing a 74-year-old man and uploading the video to Facebook Easter Sunday, has been found dead inside a car in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

Stephens was spotted by an "alert citizen" near the city's intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Pennslyvania State Police Troopers troopers said in a Facebook post

A female employee at the McDonald's drive-thru pay window in Harborcreek Township recognized Stephens and told her manager, according to our sister station WKYC. 

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Troopers initiated a chase that lasted for roughly two miles and then attempted a move to try to disable his vehicle, officials said.

"As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head," troopers wrote. 

Stephens' vehicle sustained minor damage after a trooper couldn't stop in time and hit the car, but no other injuries to law enforcement were reported. 

On Sunday, Stephens allegedly shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr., on E. 93rd Street and posted video of the killing to his Facebook account.

Stephens also went live on Facebook to confess to the murder. 

His account has since been disabled and the videos are no longer public.

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The nearby school grounds were blocked off as the investigation got underway.

Earlier in the day, police said tips were pouring in as police continued their manhunt.

“We are getting calls from all over the country as far away as Texas," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said in a news conference Tuesday morning.

Williams says authorities received nearly 400 tips on this case, and continued emphasizing the importance of reporting any possible leads.

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"I can only give you my only personal opinion based on the past," Pete Elliott of the Cleveland U.S. Marshals said. "There's two things. Either he's dead somewhere, or someone is holding him up somehwhere else."

Stephens is wanted for the Easter killing of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr. Video of the killing was uploaded to Facebook.

Stephens, 37, was named among the FBI’s “most wanted” amid a $50,000 reward.

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