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PA State Police: "Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head"

Posted at 1:35 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 07:02:44-04

Alleged "Facebook Killer" Steve Stephens was found dead in Erie, Pennsylvania late Tuesday morning.

Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) say he was spotted just after 11 a.m. after a citizen alert. The tip claimed Stephens was spotted near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in Erie County, Pennsylvania, just less than two miles from PSP Troop E headquarters.

Troopers immediately canvassed the area and found him in his white Ford Focus shortly after the tip was made. Troopers in marked police cars say they began a pursuit that lasted about two miles.

Troopers say they attempted disable Stephen's car by using a PIT maneuver. As the car was spinning, troopers say Stephens pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head.

No injuries to law enforcement or members of the public have been reported.