comScore
video

Cleveland Police Investigating Homicide That Was Posted to Facebook (UPDATED)

The Cleveland Police Department is investigating a homicide that went up on Facebook earlier today.

UPDATE –– 11:56 pm ET: Despite the Cleveland PD saying earlier in a statement (below) that the killing was broadcast on Facebook Live, Facebook is telling multiple news outlets that while the suspect was on Facebook Live earlier, the homicide was not live-streamed, but in fact uploaded:

This is the full statement posted to the Cleveland PD website:

Cleveland Police are currently investigating a homicide at 635 E. 93.
Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are yet to be verified.
Suspect in this case is a bm Steve Stephens 6’1 244 bald with a full beard. Wearing dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt. White or cream colored SUV. Armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1. Do not approach.

They have also posted this photo of suspect Steve Stephens:

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 5.20.04 PM

The other homicides the suspect talked about on the video have not yet been confirmed by authorities.

We will update this post as more information comes in.

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. EST – ABC 7 reporter Scott Taylor said on Twitter that the FBI is involved in the Cleveland Police’s manhunt:

Authorities intend to hold a press conference at 6:25 p.m. to discuss the investigation.

UPDATE – 6:28 p.m. EST: CBS affiliate WOIO spoke with a local man and woman who say that their father was the elderly man Stephens allegedly killed during his broadcast:

UPDATE – 6:44 p.m. EST: Watch the presser below.

UPDATE – 7:44 p.m. EST: Facebook has put out a statement addressing the incident:

UPDATE – 8:43 p.m. EST: Cleveland Police have tweeted out a photo of Stephens’ car:

[image via Cleveland Police Department]

Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

  1. Mediaite
  2. The Mary Sue
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. Law & Crime
  5. SportsGrid
  6. Gossip Cop