Cleveland police say suspect was on Facebook Live when he killed someone


The Cleveland Police Department is investigating a homicide at the 600 block of East 93rd Street. Police said the suspect, 37-year-old Steve Stephens, broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which have not been verified.

East 102 Street – East 108 Street in Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University were on lock down Sunday. The Cleveland Clinic was also on stand by for mass casualties.

UPDATE Homicide suspect Steve Stephens’ actual vehicle has Ohio Temp tag E363630

— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 17, 2017

Police have released a photo of the suspect’s actual vehicle.

Actual photo of Steve Stephens, homicide suspect’s, actual vehicle. Please call 9-1-1 if seen. Plate not yet available.

— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) April 16, 2017

In the Facebook Live post, Stephens claimed he killed more than a dozen people. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said there are no other victims that the department knows of right now. An edited version of the Facebook Live post may be watched here. Warning: Although edited, the violent video is still difficult to watch.

“We’ve checked several locations that were either in the [Facebook Live] post itself or from information we got. So far there are no more victims tied to Steve and this incident,” said Williams.

The chief also asked Stephens to turn himself in.

“What happened today is senseless,” said Williams. “I know, Steve, that you have a relationship with some of our clergy in Northeast Ohio. I encourage you to give them a call and then call us and turn yourself in.”

The victim in the Facebook Live shooting has been identified as Robert Godwin, Sr., 74, by Cleveland officials.

(Photo of the victim)

Cleveland authorities, as well as federal, state and other local law enforcement agencies, are all looking for Stephens.

“We know who he is and he will eventually be caught,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

The suspect in this case is Steve Stephens:

  • He is described as a black man
  • 6 foot 1, 244 pounds
  • Bald with a full beard
  • Wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt
  • White or cream colored Ford Fusion with a temporary tag

Police said he is considered armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1, do not approach the suspect, authorities said.

Man accused in fatal shooting on Facebook Live #stevestephens was a case worker at Beech Brook according to company

— Cassie Nist (@cassienist) April 16, 2017

Cleveland Police said the Facebook live shooting suspect’s vehicle is a white Ford Fusion with a temporary tag.

Police and EMS are swarming the Cleveland State area. Take precautions and do not approach Stephens, police said.

Cleveland State posted on Twitter that police are searching for murder suspect last seen south of Interstate 90 in the area of East 93rd Street. Shelter is in place or stay away form campus, authorities said.

Below is video of the family talking about the victim.

I just spoke with a man and woman who said the man killed in the FB live video was their 78 year old father

— Shanice (@ShaniceDunning) April 16, 2017

Video of police looking for the suspect on East 105th Street. (Below)

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