Around 11am Tuesday, Stephens went through a McDonald's drive-thru in Erie, Pennsylvania, where an employee recognized him from television reports and called 911. Officers went after him, even bumping his auto to try to get it to stop.
Pennsylvania State Police say the suspect in a recorded Cleveland slaying that was shared on Facebook fatally shot himself in the head as his vehicle spun out of control.
Before murdering Godwin, Stephens had written on his Facebook page that he wanted to kill someone out of rage toward his ex-girlfriend.
In an interview with CNN, Stephens' mother said he told her he shot the man because he was "mad with his girlfriend".
The video of Godwin's death remained on Facebook for more than two hours.
And Stephens did not deserve the forgiveness they gave him.
Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Stephens' identity and said he took his own life as officers approached his vehicle.
The Cleveland Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation put the word out nationwide that Stephens was likely still driving the white Ford Fusion with the temporary license tag of #363630.
At a Silicon Valley conference Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly addressed the Cleveland case, saying Facebook has "a lot of work to do" and "we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this".
The reaction of the family of Robert Godwin Sr., of Cleveland, to his murderer is one not often seen associated with such a senseless, horrific act - forgiveness.
The shooting video was visible on Facebook for almost two hours before it was reported, the company said.
He says the video never should have been shared around the world.
Police were searching for Stephens, who recorded himself shooting another man and then posted the video on Facebook on Sunday.
State police say Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning by state police in Erie County, in the state's northwest corner.
Sayers said that is when they first saw the police lights flashing, as the cops were in pursuit of the suspect as soon as he pulled onto Buffalo Street.
In addition to the Cleveland police murder investigation of Robert Godwin, Pennsylvania State Police will do their own investigation into the death Steve Stephens.
"I forgive him because we are all sinners", he said.