Police: Texas fugitive kills self near Vegas Strip

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Associated Press

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas believe a man who shot and killed himself when U.S. marshals and local police approached him Wednesday outside a low-cost Las Vegas motel was a fugitive from Texas sought for almost a week in the murder of his pregnant wife.

The dead man was tentatively identified by Las Vegas police and U.S. marshals as Narada Goodrum, 33, of San Antonio, Texas.

A spokeswoman for Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said a positive identification will be made following an autopsy Thursday.

Javier Jimenez, assistant chief deputy U.S. marshal in Las Vegas, said members of a joint federal, state and local fugitive task force were looking for Goodrum at a Super 8 motel on Koval Lane.

Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Jones said that as marshals and police confronted the man about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday he turned and ran a short distance toward the motel front entrance, drew a handgun and shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"There was one shot fired, that was by the suspect," Jones said.

Police remained at the scene until Wednesday afternoon, looking in the parking lot of the motel and adjacent Ellis Island Casino for a vehicle that may have been associated with the dead man. Jones said investigators didn't believe anyone else was with him.

A murder warrant had been issued for Goodrum in Bexar County, Texas, following the Dec. 27 shooting death of Cynthia Goodrum at their home, said Louis Antu, a Bexar County sheriff's homicide detective.

Antu said Goodrum fled the slaying scene in his vehicle, then bought another vehicle before leaving the San Antonio area.

The San Antonio Express-News reported (http://bit.ly/12Z1f3Z) that the couple argued in their front yard before Narada Goodrum dragged his wife by her hair into the house where Cynthia Goodrum activated alarms. Responding officers found her minutes later, dead of a gunshot wound in the kitchen.

Court records showed Cynthia Goodrum filed for a divorce and a temporary restraining order against her husband the day before the slaying, the Express-News reported.

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Associated Press writer Jamie Stengle in Dallas contributed to this report.

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