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The manhunt is over.

Steve Stephens, the man wanted for shooting dead a 74-year-old man and posting the video of the crime to Facebook has committed suicide.

Stephens, 37, turned the gun on himself during a police chase at around 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, Pennsylvania state police confirmed via its Twitter page.

According to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, police received a tip Tuesday (April 18) that Stephens’ white Ford Fusion was at an Erie’s McDonald’s parking lot.

A short pursuit ensued and when police approached Stephens’ car, he fatally shot himself.

“We’re grateful that this has ended,” the police chief said (via CNN). “We would prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions, I’m sure, that not only the family but the city, in general, would have had for Steve.”

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson added, “We have our closure in regards to our search for Steve Stephens.”

His death comes one day after Williams said in a press conference that authorities had received more than 400 tips about the case, with most being dead ends. 

Stephen’s last known location was in the Pennsylvania area after his cell phone pinged off a tower in Erie. Stephens was known to frequent the Presque Isle Downs and Casino, reported ErieNewsNow.com

The search for Stephens began Easter Sunday after Cleveland police became aware of a Facebook video showing Stephens shoot dead Robert Godwin Sr. Police said Godwin was chosen at random.

Suspect blames girlfriend for shooting 

Stephens’ mother, Maggie Green spoke to CNN, where she said she had been in contact with her son since the Facebook posts were uploaded. 

According to Green, Stephens is “mad with his girlfriend that’s why he is shooting people and he won’t stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop.”

In the seconds before Stephens shoots Godwin, he demands that Godwin says the name “Joy Lane.” Stephens then says she’s the reason “all of this is about to happen to you” before he lifts his gun and fires.

Godwin’s family reacts to Stephens’ death

The Godwin family were in the midst of funeral arrangements when they learned of Stephens’ suicide.

“All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of 100 bullets,” Godwin’s daughter, Brenda Haymon told CNN. “I wish it had gone down like that instead of him shooting himself.”

Police have yet to verify Stephens’ claims that he killed over 10 people.

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