McDonald's employees helped nab the Facebook murder suspect

Posted April 20, 2017

Police tracked down Steve Stephens after he was spotted by employees at a drive-thru McDonald's in Pennsylvania, who stalled his order and rang 911.

"I want to officially announce that the search for Steve Stephens has ended", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters at a press conference.

"(Our parents) didn't talk it, they lived it. People would do things to us and we would say "Dad are you really going to forgive them, really?' and he would say 'Yes, we have to", Godwin-Baines said.

Stephens killed himself, authorities said.

"As a result of this awful series of events, we are reviewing our reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates our standards as easily and quickly as possible", he said.

In an interview with CNN, several of Godwin's children said they held no animosity toward Stephens, either.

"I'm not happy he's dead at all, not at all".

A post shared online and in the media from Lane's now-deleted Facebook page says she "can't believe this is happening".

Stephens was on the run for days before being found in a McDonald's parking lot near Erie, Pennsylvania.

Stephens fled and Pennsylvania State Police troopers pursued, prompting an officer to ram the vehicle to disable it. He shot himself in the head after the auto spun and came to a stop, police said.

Stephens fled in his vehicle, but was stopped after as short chase.

"We're reminded of this this week by the tragedy in Cleveland", Zuckerberg said.

Wright said Facebook now faces questions about why no one reported the video for hours. Zuckerberg said Facebook is launching a review for reporting harmful content. Two of Godwin's daughters even reached out to Stephens' former girlfriend, Joy Lane, to tell her that they don't blame her for the murder. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name. "And that's been hard", Lane said. "I am sorry that all of this has happened".

The shooter, who appeared to choose his victim at random, also posted that he had killed 12 people in all and vowed to continue killing. Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.

The FBI had put Stephens on its Most Wanted list, and authorities were offering up to $50,000 in rewards for information leading to his capture.