Sunday 17 December 2017

Manhunt ends in killer's suicide

Steve Stephens
Steve Stephens

Harriet Alexander

Steve Stephens, who murdered a pensioner at random on Easter Sunday, posting the footage on Facebook, has been found dead.

Pennsylvania state police said yesterday morning that Stephens (37) took his own life after a police chase.

His death marked the end of a three-day, five-state manhunt. Stephens boasted of murdering 15 people, but police in Ohio - where he killed Robert Godwin on Sunday - are yet to confirm any further killings.

"We have closure in regards to the hunt for Steve Stephens," said Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland, where Mr Godwin (74) lived and was murdered.

"This particular incident received a lot of attention, and rightfully so - because it was the loss of an innocent. But ultimately I believe this has taught us that we cannot solve this gun violence unless we have the same compassion and sense of community we have here."

The Godwin family, praised for their dignified response, said it was not the ending they had wished for.

Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said that shortly after 11am Pennsylvania state police officers received a tip that the white Ford Fusion Stephens was driving was at a McDonald's in Erie. When police arrived the car took off, and after a short chase Stephens took his own life.

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