Steve Stephens fatally shot himself today after a brief police chase in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The 37-year-old man was wanted by police after he uploaded a short video to Facebook of himself fatally shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The elderly Godwin had no affiliation with the shooter; he was simply walking down the sidewalk after an Easter meal when Stephens parked his car alongside the road, walked up to him and after a brief exchange of dialogue, executed him. The victim died instantly.
Stephens intended for his ex-girlfriend to feel guilty for the murder, him saying in the video to the elderly man, "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you," before pulling the trigger.
The manhunt for Steve Stephens then began, involving multiple federal, state and local agencies.
With the help of the media, Stephens' face and the car he was driving was ingrained in the minds of millions of vigilant citizens keeping a lookout.
Today before noon EST in a suburb of Erie, Pennsylvania, Stephens went through a McDonald's drive-thru and ordered chicken nuggets and fries. An employee recognized him and gave him the chicken nuggets but stalled on the fries to summon police. Suspicious about the wait, Stephens took off but was soon being chased by authorities.
Doomed by a PIT maneuver only minutes after the pursuit commenced, Stephens fatally shot himself in the head. He had no prior criminal history and worked for a behavioral health agency.
Although distraught, the family of the victim has stated to the media that they forgive him, citing their Christian faith.