Manhunt for man in Facebook Live shooting spanned to five states before he killed himself during police pursuit

Fourth Estate Staff

Harrisburg, PA, United States (4E) – A man who shot an elderly man and showed it on Facebook Live was hunted down in five states namely Ohio, Michigan, New York, Indiana, and Pennsylvania before he killed himself during a police pursuit.

The suspect, Steve Stephens, shot a 74-year-old man he randomly stopped on the street. The 37-year-old suspect from Cleveland, Ohio was initially urged to turn himself in. A reward was offered by authorities, which reached $50,000, to anyone who could lead to his arrest. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said in a statement, “Steve, if you’re out there listening, call someone – whether it’s a friend or family member or pastor – give them a call; they’re waiting for you to call them.”

He was chased by police in Pennsylvania and eventually killed himself. Someone saw him in the parking lot of a McDonald’s and they called the authorities. Pennsylvania State Police said, “As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head.”

The daughter of the victim, Brenda Haymon, learned about Stephens killing himself and she said, “All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of 100 bullets. I wish it had gone down like that instead of him shooting himself.”

He drove around a Ford Fusion, which was the same vehicle he was in when he told his audience on Facebook Live that he just found someone he was about to kill and has the temporary Ohio tag number E363630. Moments later after he pulled up his car, the killing took place. He asked the victim, who was identified as Robert Godwin Sr., to say the name Joy Lane, believed to be his former wife. The victim pleaded for his life and had a bag up as he tried to cover his face.

In the Facebook video, Stephens said he killed more than a dozen people but these killings remained unconfirmed. He said in the video that the killings committed by him were because of Joy Lane, who he said put him to his pushing point. He also said that the killings should be called Easter Sunday Joy Lane massacre.

In a statement by Joy Lane, she said, “We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy . . . he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family. Please respect our privacy at this time.”

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