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Police say Steve Stephens — who was spotted in Erie, Pennsylvania days after he fatally shot a 74-year-old grandfather — shot himself after a short pursuit with law enforcement.

Apr, 18, 2017

The Cleveland man who was the subject in a nationwide police search for a killing posted on Facebook is now dead.

Steve Stephens — the man wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the fatal and random shooting of Robert Godwin Sr. — was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities say he was spotted by Pennsylvania State Police in Erie County early Tuesday morning. The 37 year old, who blamed his ex-girlfriend for the gruesome shooting, shot and killed himself after a short pursuit.

His death ends a tense three-day police search. The family of the victim, whose killing was posted to Facebook, said that they forgive the gunman.

"Each one of us forgives the killer, the murderer. We want to wrap our arms around him," the victim's daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines, told Cleveland's WJW.

This is a developing story.