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Suspect in Texas homicide kills himself in Las Vegas, police say

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 | 2:37 p.m.

Narada Goodrum

Narada Goodrum


A Texas fugitive wanted in his wife’s slaying shot and killed himself Wednesday in Las Vegas as federal, state and local officers closed in on him, authorities say.

Laura Meltzer, a Metro Police spokeswoman, confirmed the suspect was Narada Goodrum, 33.

Goodrum was wanted in connection with the shooting death Thursday of his wife, Cynthia Goodrum, 34, said Detective Louis Antu of the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office.

Antu said the couple were in the midst of a divorce and had some sort of altercation before the slaying took place. After the shooting, Goodrum traded in his used Mazda for a 2013 Nissan Maxima. Antu said the U.S. Marshals Service was notified right away and had been in pursuit of Goodrum since last week.

“That’s their cup of tea. That’s what they do. They’re gurus when it comes to that,” Antu said.

Goodrum surfaced around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Las Vegas. A task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service came across him near the front entrance to the Ellis Island Super 8, 4250 Koval Lane, said Metro Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer.

At that point, the suspect noticed the police and began running, then pulled out a handgun and killed himself, Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office is conducting an autopsy, Cassell said.

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