Breaking News: The hoped-for peaceful resolution to the manhunt for alleged Facebook killer Steve Stephens has ended with the suspect taking his own life as Pennsylvania State Police approached his vehicle to secure his arrest midday Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Early reports indicate that Pennsylvania State Police spotted the suspect in Erie, Pennsylvania after they received a tip from the public near noon on Monday, after which a short pursuit ensued. As the pursuit was ending and Stephen’s car was spinning from a maneuver police used to stop the suspect’s car, officers reported that the suspect shot himself in the head. When officers approached his car after it had come to a stop, Stephens was dead.
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On Monday, April 17, 2017, law enforcement revealed they’d identified a ping from one of Stephens’ cell phones in the Erie, Pennsylvania area, but subsequent searches on that day failed to produce results. With little information to go on, federal authorities had widened the search area for Stephens to that of a nationwide search. With a warrant for Stephens arrest on an aggravated murder charge, the FBI placed him on their Most Wanted list and Crimestoppers were offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Steven W. Stephens apprehension.
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