Police: Suspect bragged about Las Vegas road-rage killing

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The suspect in what has been described as a road-rage slaying boasted about the shooting and told friends that he emptied several clips from his semi-automatic handgun in the gunbattle that killed a Las Vegas mother of four, a police report released Friday says.

The report sheds new light on the violent encounter between 19-year-old suspect Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. and victim Tammy Meyers and her 22-year-old son Brandon Meyers last week. Police say Nowsch fired several shots at them on two occasions that night - once a few blocks away from their house and again in the cul-de-sac outside the home.

Police say he told friends after the shooting: "Got those kids. They were after me, and I got them."

The police report does not clarify a nagging question about the investigation: what role road rage played in the altercation.

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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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Family members said Tammy Meyers and her teenage daughter exchanged words with another driver Feb 12. The mother was apparently giving her daughter a driving lesson in the family's green Buick Park Avenue.

Fearful of her life, she then dropped the daughter off at home and picked up her son, who brought his 9mm handgun.

The police report says Nowsch told friends the altercation began after he saw someone in a green car in a nearby school parking lot waving a gun out the window.

Nowsch also told friends he fired 22 shots from his .45-caliber gun outside the Meyers home, according to the report.

The disclosure that Tammy Meyers had taken a motherly interest in Nowsch following the suicide of his father five years ago provided another twist to a case that has posed more questions than answers.

With a suspect gunman in jail, police focused Friday on finding an accomplice.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said that despite "a lot of twists and turns in the case," he is confident police have the right man. He said he expects at least one more arrest in the coming days.

Police remained tight-lipped about their efforts, a day after homicide Capt. Chris Tomaino told reporters that pieces of the puzzle would fit together once the case is turned over to prosecutors.

Tomaino said a sketch that had been circulated early in the investigation was no longer relevant.

Neighbors noticed when the 5-foot-3 Nowsch was taken into custody Thursday that he looked nothing like the 6-foot blond man police had described earlier.

Nowsch was arrested after SWAT teams surrounded his house a block from the Meyers home, in a middle-class neighborhood of modest stucco homes with tile roofs about 5 miles west of downtown Las Vegas.

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