'She Was Really Good to Him': Vegas Road Rage Victim Knew Alleged Shooter
The husband of a Las Vegas woman who was shot to death after a road rage incident said Thursday that his wife knew her teenage killer and had tried to help him.
Erich Nowsch, 19, was arrested on suspicion of murder in last weekend's killing of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers, Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Tomaino said. He added that authorities are still looking for one other suspect in the killing.
Nowsch's arrest occurred Thursday afternoon in a Las Vegas neighborhood in a dramatic scene, as police officers blocked off the street and eventually convinced him to surrender.
While that was going on, an emotional Robert Meyers screamed at TV reporters, (video above) who had shown up on the scene. He accused the media of portraying his wife and son "like animals" by reporting in the days after the shooting that the two had gone out looking for the suspect.
"Are you all happy? You made my wife look like an animal!" he yelled. "There's the animal, a block away!"
Meyers revealed yesterday just how close his wife was with her eventual killer.
"He knew where I lived. We knew how bad he was, but we didn't know he was this bad, that it had gotten to this point," he said, adding that his wife had acted as a mentor to Nowsch, giving him food and money.
Meyers said his wife spent countless hours consoling Nowsch and trying to help him.
"She was really good to him. ... She told him to pull his pants up and to be a man," he recalled.
Jonathan Hunt reported this morning that police initially believed that the fatal encounter was related to a road rage incident that happened while Meyers was out giving her daughter a driving lesson.
But now police have said that after some sort of incident on the road, Meyers went home, picked up her 22-year-old son - who was armed - and they went out to look for Nowsch.
Hunt said they failed to find Nowsch and returned home. That is when police say Nowsch showed up and the fatal encounter took place.