Toronto – America’s most wanted man for three days shot himself in the head Tuesday, following a car chase involving Pennsylvania state police.
Employees at a McDonald’s restaurant in the state spotted confessed killer Steve Stephens, 37, in their drive-thru and called police. Stephens had ordered chicken nuggets and French fries. Employees stalled his food order, delaying his fries until police could arrive on scene.
Stephens, however, would not wait. According to the restaurant’s manager, Henry Sayers, “He just took his nuggets and said: ‘I have to go, and drove off.”
State police caught up to Stephens quickly and gave chase. In a controlled move, police rammed the back of the suspect’s car to cause it to lose control. According to Pennsylvania state police, “As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PT manoeuvre, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head.”There were no injuries to the public or the police reported.
According to CBC News, while Cleveland’s mayor, Frank Jackson, spoke to the media about closure in the case, the city’s police chief, Calvin Williams stated, “we would have preferred it had not ended this way,” saying there were still many unanswered questions.
74-year-old Robert Godwin was shot and killed by Stephens on Easter Sunday while he was on his way home from a family luncheon. The suspect then posted a video on the killing online with a confession. He continued posting videos on the day of the murder and claimed he had killed twelve other people although this has not yet been substantiated, according to the BBC.
Godwin was the father of ten children and a grandfather to 14. The devastated family spoke to the media of their shock and grief, but also of their forgiveness. Investigators are still baffled by Stephens’ motives.
In his Facebook videos, the suspect had spoken of gambling debts and cited this and a failed relationship as his reasons for the killing. “I snapped,” he said, “I just snapped.” CBC News reported that he also stated that he wanted to kill as many innocent people as possible. Stephens had been employed as a case worker at a children’s mental health facility.
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement saying, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Snr. We have a lot of work to do and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”