Officials: Suspect in Teacher’s Murder Killed Self

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HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The manhunt is over for the suspect accused of killing local teacher, Stacey Sutera, 40, of Canfield.

Canfield Police say the body of Robert McLaughlin, 64, was discovered Thursday afternoon near the grave of his mother in Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County.

"It appears he received a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, small caliber handgun," said Chief Chuck Colluci with the Canfield Police Department.

McLaughlin's body was discovered almost 80 miles away from where he was suspected of shooting Sutera outside her apartment complex in Canfield, Mahoning County.

Police say she was ambushed as she left to go to work Wednesday morning.

"She was shot point blank. She attempted to drive away, in the process of driving away, she ran into several parked vehicles. And that time, the suspect approached her and shot several rounds," added Chief Colluci.

Meantime, grief counselors are on hand at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, where Sutera was a science teacher.

"There is a memorial at the school itself where kids can post their thoughts on their teacher. And this was a beloved teacher. Every student loved her, her colleagues loved her," said David Engler, MCCTC board member.

Engler says that many of those colleagues received obscene fliers about Sutera on their car windshields from McLaughlin.

"She had filed a $1.5 million dollar civil lawsuit against this creep to send a message. Whether or not he was collectable on that, I don't know. But it was actually on the one year anniversary of her filing, that he came and killed her," added Engler.

Police say McLaughlin had previously been convicted of stalking Sutera and was currently on probation.

"He was someone she didn't have a relationship with and he just obsessed about her and chose to target her and go after her. Our heart goes to her family, her child. And she touched of lives in this brief time she was with us," added Engler.

Engler says Sutera leaves behind a 19-year-old daughter.