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A McDonald's employee spotted Steve Stephens and alerted police


WATCH | Police give a press conference after Stephens' death.

UPDATE 1:57 p.m. EST:

The New York Times reports McDonald's employees recognized Steve Stephens at the drive-thru window as he ordered a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and large fries. Employees tried to stall by holding on to his fries as they called police. 

"He just took his nuggets and said 'I have to go' and drove off," manager Henry Sayers said.

UPDATE 12:27 a.m.:

During a press conference, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Stephens was spotted after a civilian sent in a tip to police that Stephens' car was spotted in a McDonald's parking lot. Police chased Stephens in a short pursuit, and he killed himself as officers approached his stopped car, Williams said.

"We are grateful that this has ended," Williams said, though he added that he would have preferred to bring in Stephens peacefully. 

UPDATE 11:57 a.m. EST: Stephens was spotted by police before running and killing himself.

UPDATE 11:53 a.m. EST:  Stephens died of a "self-inflicted gunshot wound."

UPDATE 11:51 a.m. EST:  Stephens died after a "brief pursuit."

UPDATE Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. EST:  Stephens has reportedly killed himself.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m. EST: 

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said in a press conference Monday that this is now a national search for Steve Stephens. Williams said authorities will "leave no stone unturned" and are following up on every tip that comes in.

Williams added that Stephens has talked to friends over the phone and they are cooperating with police.

Mayor Frank Jackson announced a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to Stephens' arrest. 

UPDATE 9:04 a.m. EST:  Police held a press conference on the latest on the search.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said only one person had died, contrary to Stephens' claims that he had killed more than a dozen people.

Officials urged civilians to stay vigilant and send in any information they knew about the case. 

Williams also warned not to donate to any GoFundMe or other crowdfunding pages in the name of Robert Goodwin Sr. His family told him any crowdfunding efforts have not been organized by the family. 

UPDATE April 17, 7:54 a.m. EST:

Police said Steve Stephens' phone was detected about 100 miles east of Cleveland in Erie, Pennsylvania,  CNN reported.

Stephens is suspected of murdering Robert Goodwin Sr. and posting a video of the killing on Facebook on Sunday. No sightings of him have been confirmed as of early Monday. 

UPDATE April 16, 8:15 p.m. EST: 

Authorities released the temporary license plate tag for the vehicle they suspect Steve Stephens is driving. 

The vehicle has the Ohio temporary tag: E363630. 

UPDATE April 16, 7:39 p.m. EST: 

Cleveland police have identified 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr. as the victim in Sunday's Facebook Live homicide.

UPDATE April 16, 7:28 p.m. EST:

Cleveland police urged a man, who they say posted video of a homicide on Facebook Sunday afternoon, to turn himself in to authorities. 

"We need to bring this to a conclusion today," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters. "There is no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight." 

Authorities said Stephens didn't know the elderly victim. A motive has not yet been released.

UPDATE April 16, 6:02 p.m. EST:

Cleveland police say the suspect is driving a white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag. Authorities are locking down any areas that may be considered a target for Stephens.

Original story

A manhunt is underway in Cleveland, Ohio, for a man police say posted video of a homicide on Facebook. 

In the Facebook Live, which has since been taken down, a man named Steve Stephens claims to have killed 14 people. Police, however, have not verified that claim, spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia told CNN.

One of the videos Stephens posted to his page shows him shooting a man, who he then claims is dead.

Police have verified one homicide at 635 East 93rd in Cleveland.

Police say Stephens is 6-foot-1, weighs 244 pounds, has a bald head and a full beard. Stephens was last seen wearing a dark blue and gray or black striped polo shirt, according to police.

Authorities believe he may be driving a white or cream-colored SUV. 

Stephens is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

WSYX/WTTE contributed to this report.

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