'Facebook killer' Steve Stephens found dead after auto chase

It marked a violent end to the almost 48-hour multistate manhunt for Steve Stephens, whose case brought another round of criticism down on Facebook over how responsibly it polices objectionable material posted by users. A pursuing trooper's auto slid into Stephens' vehicle, but the officer was not injured.

In a message posted on Facebook on Tuesday, police confirmed that Steve Stephens had died by suicide after a chase in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

The auto Stephens was thought to be driving, a white Ford Fusion, did not contain Global Positioning System tracking devices, authorities said. Now, Godwin's sister says those relatives will be coming to Cleveland for his funeral.

"He's laying there -Oh, Lord have mercy", she said, moments after walking out her front door and spotting Robert Godwin Sr.'s body. Since then, he led authorities on a nationwide search that ended when he shot himself dead.

In a statement early Monday, police warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and MI to be on the lookout for Stephens, who they said may have traveled out of state.

"I can't wait!" Stephens reportedly yelled in response, according to The Daily Mail.

As his vehicle was spinning out of control due to the maneuver, Stephens pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head.

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In several posts, he claimed to have killed as many as a dozen people, but police have not found evidence to support that claim.

Facebook vice president Justin Osofsky said the company was reviewing the procedure that users go through to report videos and other material that violates the social media platform's standards.

Police say the 37-year-old Stephens randomly shot a Cleveland retireepicking up aluminum cans Sunday and then posted a video of the killing onFacebook.

Members of Cleveland's clergy had asked Mayor Frank Jackson to convey their desire to help Stephens, should he want to seek out their counsel.

The manhunt for Steve Stephens, the suspect accused of murdering an elderly man in Cleveland Sunday, has come to an end. Thirty minutes later, state police announced he had killed himself.

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