April 20, 2017
On April 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio, Steve Stephens shot and killed Robert Godwin Sr. while streaming it on Facebook live. Stephens asked Godwin to say the name “Joy Lane” and then once Godwin did, Stephens shot him. Joy Lane was Stephen’s ex-girlfriend, and she is believed to be the stressor for the whole event to start.
It has been reported that on the Friday before Easter, Stephens and Lane ended their relationship, which lead to Stephens seeking vengeance against Lane. After the shooting, Stephens seemed to vanish. It is now known that he left Cleveland, Ohio and headed to the now know location of Eerie, Ohio.
For two days Stephens was on the run, with false sightings in many of the surrounding states until an employee of McDonald’s recognized him and immediately notified the authorities. From there, Stephens lead the police on a chase which resulted in the police performing a PIT maneuver, a technique police used to stop a car that is on the run; it involves a cop bumping the rear of the assailants car, causing the car to spin. While Stephen’s car was spinning, he reportedly pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head.
Since the incident, the video, which went viral, of Godwin’s death has been removed from Facebook. The suicide of Stephens, who had no criminal records, left investigators with no ready explanation for the video or his thinking of his actions. Before Stephens died, he said that he had killed multiple people, but there has yet to be evidence of any other murders.