Steve Stephens, the man police have been searching for in connection with a video posted to Facebook this past Sunday that shows him shooting and killing an elderly man in Cleveland, is dead.
According to CBS Philadelphia, Stephens shot and killed himself after a brief police chase in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Police say Stephens was spotted just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning by an alert citizen… .
Troopers … found him in his vehicle a short time later.
Authorities say they pursued Stephens for about two miles and attempted to disable his vehicle using a PIT maneuver.
As his vehicle was spinning out of control due to the maneuver, Stephens pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head.
The video, which was confirmed authentic, may be viewed below, though viewers are warned that the contents are extremely graphic:
The victim has been identified by family members as 78-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr. He was murdered on Easter.
After posting the gruesome video to Facebook, Stephens claimed in subsequent posts to have killed as many as 15 other people. He wrote that many of the bodies were in an abandoned house.
On one post, Stephens blamed the shootings on a woman named Joy Lane whom he appears to have dated. He wrote, “Three years I spent with this bitch … I wish we never met.”
In the video in which he murders Godwin, he instructs the man to say Lane’s name, explaining, “She’s the reason this is about to happen to you.”