Second Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death of Las Vegas Mom, Tammy Meyers

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Derrick AndrewsLas Vegas Police Dept.

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Las Vegas police on Friday arrested a second man in the fatal shooting of a Las Vegas mother of four in February, a killing that was first reported to be connected to a road-rage incident.

Derrick Andrews is suspected of driving the car that Erich Nowsch Jr. was riding in when he allegedly shot Tammy Meyers, 44, in front of her home on Feb. 12, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. She died in the hospital two days later.

Andrews, 26, was arrested without incident at a home in Las Vegas and booked at the Clark County Detention Center, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

He is charged with murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm from a vehicle in a prohibited place, according to the statement. Police said Nowsch was the only shooter.

"If you're a getaway driver, aiding and abetting another to commit a crime, you're equally guilty," District Attorney Steve Wolfson said, according to The Associated Press.

Meyers was driving her daughter home from teaching her how to drive when she got in an altercation with another driver on the road, police have said. When she arrived home, she ordered her daughter to get help from inside, at which point her son, Brandon Meyers, came outside with a gun.

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Tammy Meyers and her son then went looking for the driver in the earlier incident, police have said. They found a car that looked similar to the one involved in that road-rage altercation, police said.

Nowsch, 19, was in that car and opened fired at them on the road, and shot at the pair again after they returned home, police said. Tammy Meyers was shot in the head.

Prosecutor David Stanton told a judge that the car Nowsch was in was not the car involved in the road rage incident, but the two vehicles were similar models and color, The Associated Press reported.

After the shooting Nowsch allegedly told friends he "got those kids, they were after me, and I got them," according to court documents.

Nowsch was charged in Meyers' death on March 7 with murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon and discharge of a firearm. Nowsch pleaded not guilty and remains in custody without bail, according to NBC affiliate KSNV. His trial is scheduled to begin May 26.

Meyers' husband, Robert, has said that his wife knew Nowsch and had "spent countless hours" helping him at a park close to their home.



Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

— Elisha Fieldstadt