Chief Williams: We’ve talked before about people not living their lives on social media, and being truthful on social media and not harming people via social media. And this is a prime example. This is something that should not have been shared around the world, period.
Chief Williams: I think everybody has learned from this. I think people on social media kind of know the power, and I think they know the harm it can do.
Williams: This is something that should not have been shared around the world period. (Children, social media users) need to take this as a lesson. We can’t do this in this country. We just can’t do it.
Chief Williams: Thanks the many officers around the country for their help and the public for their help.
Chief Williams: This started with one tragedy and ended with another person ending their life…We would like to have brought Stephens in peacefully and talked to him about why this happened.
Chief Williams: Federal authorities were engaged in the Erie area earlier this morning after Stephens’ cell phone pinged off a tower there.
Chief Williams: Not sure of any ties Stephens has in the Erie area. Making sure we go back and retrace as much as possible.
Chief Williams: In Erie, Pa., there are a lot of remote area, woods, barns…so until we can get our investigators up there…we won’t know where he was and what he was doing.
Chief Williams: Still getting information from Pennsylvania State Police.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot: Thanks all the law enforcement for their dedication and service.
Chief Williams: During the chase, Stephens ended his life.
Chief Calvin Williams: At a little after 11 today, PA state police received a tip that the vehicle we were looking for…was in a McDonald’s parking lot near Erie Pa. Those officers responded, the vehicle fled…there was a short pursuit.
Jackson: Ultimately one of the things this taught us … that we cannot resolve this type of violence unless we function and operate and have the same compassion and commitment we’ve shown here as a community.
Jackson gives condolences to the Godwin family and thanks the community for their support.
Mayor Frank Jackson: We have closure in regards to the search for Steve Stephens.