The horrific murder done and recorded live on Facebook by Steve Stephens resulted in a multi-state manhunt. Even though 5 different states law enforcement agencies were involved in this manhunt, they were not the ones bringing a conclusion to this mess. It was a McDonalds employee. Yet, that didn’t stop the Pennsylvania State Police from Tweeting out that their officers had spotted the killer.
Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.
— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017
Even with all of each agencies gadgets and spying capabilities, they were unable to locate and capture this man for nearly 48 hours. According to TMZ:
Steve Stephens was undone by McDonald’s employees who ID’d him and made him wait a little extra time for his order so the cops could come and catch him.
Stephens was recognized by an employee while going through the drive-thru at the McDonald’s on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA. Stephens ordered a 20-piece McNugget as well as a large fry. The employees were able to stall him telling him that his fries weren’t ready so they could buy time.
According to the restaurant’s manager, Stephens received his nuggets, but drove off without the fries saying he could not wait but it was enough time for cops to get on his tail.
Once the police caught up to Stephens, they pursued in a high-speed police chase before he committed suicide in his car.
Instead of the PA State Police giving praise to the local McDonalds employees for providing them not only with a solid lead but also the brave stalling tactic that they used to keep him at the restaurant they went to Twitter taking full credit.
In an article written on a blog that exposes police misconduct Co-Founder Ademo Freeman states, “While many may think I’m being petty here by calling out the PA State Police for the bold face lie via twitter, the matter is more serious. The implication is that the police ended this which furthers the fallacy that the government police are needed in society. The same thing happened with the Boston Bombing a few years ago. The police conducted door to door searches, pointed guns at people and put a whole city under martial law but it was a vigilant neighbor who found the bomber, not the police.”