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Police urge man who livestreamed homicide to turn himself in

20 April, 2017, 13:28 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Facebook live murder suspect Steve Stephens kills himself after pursuit

"We're grateful that this has ended", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said during a press conference following confirmation of Stephens' death.

"I don't want that man to die, I want him brought to justice", one of his sons, Robby Miller, said.

Stephens is not believed to have known Mr Godwin, a retired foundry worker who media reports said spent Easter Sunday morning with his son and daughter-in-law before he was killed.

Stephens's mother told CNN she called him on Sunday after learning about the video, and he had told her he was shooting people because he was "mad with his girlfriend". Stephens Facebook page also has been removed.

Stephens, who had no prior criminal record, was not suspected in any other killings despite making claims of previous murders on Facebook, Cleveland officials said.

State Police in Erie say he was found with a self inflicted gunshot wound inside a white Ford Fusion.

"The hashtags Joy Lane, Joy Lane massacre - I don't even know who Joy Lane is anymore, or how to pick up all the pieces of my world at this moment", Lane said, the station reported.

It's just the latest in a growing list of disturbing videos of murder, suicide, torture and beheading published on Facebook, however briefly, either through live broadcasts or video uploads.

Police in several states were looking for Stephens since Sunday when he uploaded a video to Facebook that showed him shoot and kill an elderly man who was walking down the street. Facebook disabled the account behind the video 23 minutes after that.

Facebook announced on Monday that the company would be reviewing its policies after the incident.

In early March, US President Donald Trump drew fire by approving a bill that removes legal restrictions for people with severe mental illness to purchase firearms. "We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety".

Facebook Live drew attention last summer, following its use to document the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota.

Police said Stephens should be considered armed and unsafe.

The person walks up, stops Godwin on the sidewalk and talks to him.

"He hugged my wife and me and said 'I'll see you guys next time, '" Godwin Jr. recounted.

In the case of the most recent murder video, almost two hours passed before users reported it on Facebook, according to the company.

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