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Facebook killer manhunt ends in suicide

World | Apr 20, 2017
A 37-year-old US gunman, accused of murdering an elderly grandfather and posting the footage on Facebook, killed himself after a brief police chase, bringing to a close a frantic nationwide manhunt.

Steve Stephens, thought to be mentally unstable, had been on the run since 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr was shot dead on Easter Sunday - seemingly at random in broad daylight in Cleveland, Ohio.

The killing and video sparked global outrage, renewing scrutiny on the growing number of grisly videos being posted on social media.

Facebook removed the footage hours after the attack.

Police got the decisive tip on Tuesday, after Stephens had been on the run for two days, when a McDonald's employee recognized him at a drive- through in Pennsylvania.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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