Beech Brook offices closed Monday due to ties to alleged Facebook shooting suspect

CLEVELAND - Offices of local behavioral health agency Beech Brook were closed Monday after officials confirmed an alleged shooting suspect had been employed with the organization since 2008.  

Steve Stephens, 37, is accused of killing a stranger and uploading video of the murder to Facebook Sunday afternoon.

Stephens flashed what appeared to be a Beech Brook identification badge during his broadcast on the social media platform. 

In a statement issued to WKYC Monday morning, officials from the organization said offices in Pepper Pike and Cleveland will be closed "out of concerns for the safety of our staff, clients, and other visitors to our sites." 

After working as a youth mentor with the group, Stephens became a vocational specialist for youth and young adults. 

A spokesperson from the group told the Associated Press the suspect underwent an extensive FBI background check before being hired, and "there was nothing in the background check for 37-year-old Steve Stephens that caused any concerns."

Beech Brook has yet to announce officially when the buildings will reopen.

Read the statement in its entirety below: 

We were shocked and horrified yesterday to learn about the situation involving the threats by Steve Stephens and the tragic shooting of Mr. Godwin. Our hearts go out to his family during this time of grief.

Beech Brook’s offices will be closed today out of concerns for the safety of our staff, clients and other visitors to our sites. This includes the administrative headquarters at 3737 Lander Road in Pepper Pike and our Family Drop-In Center, located on the second floor of the Carl B. Stokes Social Services Building at 6001 Woodland Ave.  A decision will be made later today about the re-opening of the buildings.

Mr. Stephens has been a Beech Brook employee since 2008. He has been working as a vocational specialist for our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team for youth and young adults. since April of 2015. Prior to that, he had worked as a youth mentor.

© 2017 WKYC-TV


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