Police arrest suspect in road-rage killing of Vegas mother

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In this photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, an unidentified police official leads a shirtless suspect in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother from a car to police headquarters for questioning in Las Vegas, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Police did not release the male suspect's name or discuss his possible involvement in the killing of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Erich Nowsch Jr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom for his initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 19: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Best quality available) In this handout provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Erich Nowsch II poses for his mugshot after being arrested on murder charges on February 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nowsch, 19, was arrested after a two-hour standoff and has been charged with killing Tammy Meyers on February 12, with whom he had allegedly been involved in a road-rage incident. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
This undated artist rendition provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows a composite sketch of a suspect police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying, whom they believed was involved in a road rage shooting in Las Vegas on Feb. 12, 2015. A Las Vegas mother of four killed in a road rage shooting last week got in her car with her adult son and his gun and drove around their neighborhood looking for the assailant who ended up shooting her in a residential cul-de-sac, police said Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. In a change from earlier accounts, police said 44-year-old Tammy Meyers had her teenage daughter run in the house to fetch her armed son, who then went with her as she drove to find the driver who had earlier stopped his car in front of hers, got out and approached her with angry words. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Appearing in court Monday, Erich Nowsch says he was threatened by Tammy Meyers and her son when he shot the mother out of self-defense. On the other side, Meyer's husband says his wife was followed home and murdered. Conflicting stories as this case appears in court.
Robert Meyers speaks to media outside his house, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in Las Vegas. His wife Tammy who was teaching her 14-year-old daughter to drive was shot in the head and was not expected to survive after an apparent road-rage attack by an angry driver who followed them to their Las Vegas home. (AP Photo/Kimberly Pierceall)
Silas Doane, left, and Robert Meyers exit a Las Vegas courthouse following a hearing for Meyers' wife's accused killer, Erich Nowsch Jr. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch is accused of killing Tammy Meyers on Feb. 12. in what has been described as a road-rage incident. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Conrad Hafen presides over a hearing for Erich Nowsch Jr. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch is accused of killing Tammy Meyers on Feb. 12. in what has been described as a road-rage incident. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Robert Meyers, left, the widower of Tammy Meyers, attends a hearing for his wife's accused killer, Erich Nowsch Jr. in court Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Erich Nowsch Jr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom for his initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother after SWAT teams swarmed a home about a block from the site where she was shot a week ago.

Police did not release the male suspect's name or discuss his possible involvement in the killing of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers. The shirtless suspect was led into a car by an officer and taken to police headquarters for questioning.

"We still have a lot of investigative work to do," Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Tomaino said.

The case has received significant attention since police initially said Meyers was killed by an angry driver who followed her home after she gave her teenage daughter a driving lesson.

She was removed from life support on Valentine's Day as police hunted for a suspect, and donations for her funeral costs quickly poured in to a fundraising site.

The sympathy morphed into skepticism after police revealed that Meyers was not followed home, and instead dropped her daughter off and picked up her 22-year-old son, armed with his 9 mm handgun, to try to confront the driver who had frightened her earlier.

They went looking for the driver, followed the vehicle and eventually went home. The silver car then showed up outside the Meyers' home and a shootout occurred. The mother was shot in the head outside the home.

"I did what I had to do to protect my family," said Brandon Meyers, 22. "Everyone can think what they have to think. I did it for a reason. And I'd do it for anyone I love."

It's not yet known if the suspect and members of the Meyers family knew each other.

Melissa Mours, who lives next door to the suspect, said several people showed up at her neighbor's house this week and knocked on the door, including at least one Meyers family member.

It's also not clear if police were still looking for other suspects. Family members told police there were three people in the silver car.

Earlier, as authorities worked to coax the suspect to surrender, Meyers' husband, Robert, arrived and was emotionally distraught as he tried get close to the home that police had surrounded.

As he walked past the yellow police tape, he was stopped by a police officer who tried to calm the man down.

"It's OK," the officer could be heard telling him.

"No it ain't OK!" the husband shouted back, his voice breaking up.

The officer asked the man to step back behind the yellow tape, and he stormed off past reporters.

"Are you all happy? You made my wife look like an animal," he told reporters. "There's the animal, a block away!"

Neighbor Brian Atkinson said he was awakened at about 11:30 a.m. by bullhorns and the sound of a helicopter as police showed up to arrest the suspect.

"They were calling his name and telling him to come out. That they had the house surrounded and they weren't going to hurt him," said Atkinson, a 57-year-old former police officer. "They told him they weren't going to go away."

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