According to the Pennsylvania State Police Twitter:
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017
According to CNN: Through the tears, the family of an Ohio man whose killing was posted on Facebook on Sunday spoke of forgiving the alleged shooter even as a multi-state manhunt for him intensified.
Steve Stephens, 37, stands charged with Sunday’s aggravated murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, a former manufacturing worker, self-taught mechanic, father of 10 and grandfather of 14. Cleveland police said after shooting Godwin, Stephens posted video of the killing on Facebook.
“Each one of us forgives the killer, the murderer,” Godwin’s daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines said Monday. “We want to wrap our arms around him.”
In a faint voice, another child, Robert Godwin Jr., said: “Steve, I forgive you … I’m not happy [with] what you did but I forgive you,” CNN-affiliate WJW reported.
Godwin taught his children the value of hard work. He taught them how to love God and fear God, and how to forgive, his children said.
“They don’t make men like him anymore. He was definitely one in a million,” said Debbie Godwin, a daughter.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams has said Stephens apparently chose Godwin at random.
Law enforcement nationwide were on high alert in the hunt for Stephens, Williams told reporters Monday.
“This is what we would consider a national search for Steve,” Williams told said. “So, we are not going to leave any stone unturned.”
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The suspect’s mother said that when she last saw Stephens on Saturday, he said it would be a miracle if she ever saw him again. They spoke the next day, she said, and he told her he was shooting people because he was angry with his girlfriend.