A lineup of local law enforcement including Pennsylvania State Police, Wesleyville Police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office briefed the press both local and national Tuesday afternoon at the state police barracks in Lawrence Park.
Major William A. Teper Jr. gave the rundown of what exactly happened earlier today.
Around 11:10, a concerned citizen stated they sighted Steven Stephen's at an establishment on Buffalo Road in Harborcreek Township.
Troopers responded to the call and located the white Ford Fusion that had been the center of a two-day search.
Police followed the car into Wesleyville and into the City of Erie. The car stopped a mile into the chase. As troopers exited their vehicles, Stephens took off once more.
One mile later, right outside of the Burton Elementary School, is where police use a pit maneuver or immobilization technique to get the Fusion to stop.
Once police exited their vehicles to approach the car, they saw Stephens pull a gun and take his own life.
That closed several blocks of Buffalo Road to traffic, as it was an active crime scene which drew hundreds of people from the area to watch the scene unfold.
Since the search began for Stephens, hundreds upon hundreds of tips have come in across several states to the FBI. Major Teper said it was because of the public's help and cooperation that they were able to bring this to an end today.
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