The Cleveland murder suspect who posted video of a slaying on Facebook, Steve Stephens, killed himself in Pennsylvania after a police chase, officers stated Tuesday.
However, he was discovered after a very unlikely scenario took place.
Stephens’ car, a white Ford Fusion, was spotted in the parking lot of a McDonald’s near Erie — where he ordered a chicken nugget meal at the drive-thru.
His cover was blown and the authorities were called, Pennsylvania State Police said.
After being discovered at McDonalds, Stephens fled, and state troopers started a pursuit. One trooper performed a “PIT” maneuver — a strategic way of ramming a vehicle to disable it.
“As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head,” Pennsylvania State Police said.
For two days, authorities across the country scrambled to find Stephens, the man wanted for the death of Robert Godwin — a self-taught mechanic and grandfather of 14.
“We’re grateful that this has ended,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. “We would prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions, I’m sure, that not only the family but the city in general would have had for Steve.”
Godwin’s daughter Brenda Haymon learned of Stephens’ death as she was planning funeral arrangements for her father.
“All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of 100 bullets,” Haymon told CNN. “I wish it had gone down like that instead of him shooting himself.”
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