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LAS VEGAS — Police arrested a neighborhood teenager Thursday in the killing of a Las Vegas mother that was originally blamed on road rage but has subsequently been cloaked in mystery.

Erich Nowsch, 19, was arrested on suspicion of murder after SWAT teams surrounded his home a block away from the residence of Tammy Meyers, the woman killed.

Authorities believe Nowsch was the gunman, Las Vegas police Captain Chris Tomaino said. He has not been formally charged. Police were still looking for another suspect.

Tammy Meyers, 44, knew Nowsch and was a mentor of sorts, giving him money and food, her husband, Robert, said.


Police initially said Tammy Meyers was shot 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, and donations for funeral costs poured in to a fund-raising site.

Sympathy became skepticism after police revealed Meyers had dropped off her daughter and picked up her son, 22, armed with his 9mm handgun, to find and confront the other driver.

Meyers was shot in the head during a shootout at the family’s home.

Associated Press