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TWINSBURG — Accused Facebook murderer Steven W. Stephens killed himself Tuesday after a brief pursuit by Pennsylvania State Police and other agencies in Erie, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.
“Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself,” the Pennsylvania State Police said via social media at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday.
“Our guys put a lot of time and effort into this case,” said Pete Elliott, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio. “We had tips from New York to Texas. Our goal was to shrink this individual’s world and I think we accomplished that.”
Twinsburg did not go untouched in the national manhunt, as Stephens likely visited the home of his ex-girlfriend on Ridge Meadow Court just days before his apparently random Easter Sunday shooting of 74-year-old Cleveland man Robert Godwin Sr.
Godwin was shot by Stephens at 635 E. 93rd St. in Cleveland.
A warrant had been issued by U.S. marshals for Stephens for aggravated murder in the matter, according to Elliott.
Throughout the nearly two-day search, Twinsburg police watched the residence of the ex-girlfriend at an apartment complex off East Idlewood Drive, and increased their presence Tuesday at the city’s five schools, according to Twinsburg Police Chief Chris Noga. School was not in session on Monday.
Some reports indicated Stephens, 37, was at the ex-girlfriend’s Twinsburg home perhaps the day before his Sunday Facebook rant on the couple’s breakup and subsequent murder of Godwin.
“I understand that the suspect either frequented or recently lived in the city of Twinsburg,” Twinsburg Superintendent Kathryn Powers said in message to district parents on Monday.
The Twinsburg Police Department added “additional protection” for the Twinsburg School District, at Bissell Elementary School, Wilcox Primary School, Dodge Intermediate School, R.B. Chamberlin Middle School and Twinsburg High School while Stephens was at-large.