BREAKING: Cleveland Facebook Killer Commits Suicide

The Cleveland Facebook killer has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His body was found in a white Ford Fusion in Erie, police said. State police had been following the car as it headed west into the city.

The Erie police confirmed the suicide of Steve Stephens. He was suspected of fatally shooting an elderly Cleveland man on Sunday and posting the video on Facebook. He also claimed to have killed 13 other people, GoErie is reporting.

Police have blocked off the area – across from the former Burton Elementary School – and are not letting anyone in.

Stephens, who was considered armed and dangerous, had been on the run since Sunday. The manhunt was nationwide and billboards around the country have been plastered with Stephens’ photo.

Stephens, 37, shared a recording on Sunday of himself announcing his plan to kill someone, then two minutes later posted another video of himself shooting and killing Godwin, Facebook said. A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed, the company said.

The company said it disabled Stephen’s account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the video of the fatal shooting and two hours after receiving any report.

Facebook has since announced it was launching a review for reporting harmful content.

Police would not speculate on what was behind the killing, but videos Stephens posted showed him talking about losing everything he had to gambling and trouble with his girlfriend.

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