Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 9:51 a.m.
Updated Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 12:09 p.m.
A suspect sought in the death of a man who was shot and then drove off, causing a pileup on the 215 Beltway, died on Wednesday, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Metro Police had been searching for Joseph Lucero, 26, since Friday in connection with the shooting. Police, responding to the 1900 block of East Tropicana Avenue early Wednesday, found Lucero's body, Metro said in a midday news release today, The Coroner’s Office has not released the cause of Lucero’s death.
Police said the shooting victim, Zachary Girdner, 23, of Henderson was shot March 13 after an argument at Lucero’s home at an apartment complex south of McCarran International Airport.
Girdner left in his Jeep with multiple gunshot wounds and then crashed into three cars on the 215 Beltway off-ramp at Eastern Avenue, police said.
Girdner died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds, Coroner’s Office officials said.
With Lucero's death, Metro has closed its investigation into the shooting, police said.