Pennsylvania State Police has confirmed after a two-day search for suspected Facebook killer Steve Stephens, he is dead.
According to a tweet from the PA state police account, Stephens was spotted by authorities in Erie County, and after a short pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
Stephens made national news on Easter Sunday after he reportedly murdered an elderly bystander on Facebook Live. He had claimed to kill as many as 14 people in Cleveland, but so far this has not been confirmed by authorities. Authorities had been offering up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest. Local, state and federal authorities were involved in the hunt for Stephens, who was driving a white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag. Authorities received more than 400 tips from the public related to the search of Stephens.
Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Operations says that the social network is looking to reviewing their Facebook Live policies.
“As a result of this terrible series of events, we are reviewing our reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates our standards as easily and quickly as possible.”
We’ll release more information as it is released.
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