Las Vegas road rage case: Victim went back to find suspect, police say

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The victim in the road rage incident in Las Vegas died on Valentine's Day. (Photo: CNN)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (CNN) — The woman killed in an apparent road rage incident last week returned home to pick up her son and then went back out to find the man now suspected of shooting her, a Las Vegas homicide detective said Tuesday.

Tammy Meyers, a 44-year-old mother of four, had been giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson Thursday when she had an encounter with another driver that left her scared and upset, Lt. Ray Steiber told reporters.

When she got home, Meyers told her daughter to go into the house, wake up the girl’s brother and have him get in the car. Meyers’ son, 22, brought a registered firearm with him.

Meyers drove back out of the neighborhood to see if she could find the man, Steiber said.

“The vehicles and persons found each other,” he said. “Through the course of them finding each other, at one point Mrs. Meyers was following what we consider a suspect vehicle and then at another point they broke apart and Mrs. Meyers went home.”

Shortly after arriving at her house a second time and getting out of her car, a gray or silver sedan pulled into the cul-de-sac and a volley of shots was fired.

The son returned fire, Steiber said.

Meyers was struck in the head by one bullet and was rushed to the hospital, where she died on Valentine’s Day after being taken off life support.

Steiber said the family called 911 after Meyers was shot.

The driver, described as a man in his 20s to 30, is about 6 feet tall with medium build. He wore a white V-neck T-shirt.

Steiber said authorities believe a bullet from the suspect’s gun killed Meyers, and not one from the son’s firearm.

The initial incident came after the suspect was speeding past Meyers as she drover her daughter home from a driving lesson. Seeing the speeding car, the daughter reached over and honked the horn.

Steiber said the man pulled in front, stopped his car and came back to the Meyers’ car. His words scared mother and daughter. They did not say anything to the suspect, Steiber said.

Vigil for the victim

Meyers’ husband spoke at a vigil for his wife on Tuesday. He said some of the facts in the case were starting to get twisted by the media.

“My son is not an animal. My son is a hero in my book,” Robert Meyers said. “There were mistakes like everyone of us have made in our lives. But this particular mistake was made to keep a bigger mistake from happening. And my wife paid the ultimate price for it.”

He said his wife “never did anything bad to anybody.”

She was full of love for her husband, her children and others, Meyers said.

None of the children spoke at the vigil. The father said he was trying to help them heal.

 

 

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11 comments

  • ShadowWalker59

    It appears to me, that, that dude came back looking for her too. What a world we live in today. Yes, it’s much safer than in past years, as long as you don’t drive. What happens to people when they get behind the wheel? They drink, they text, they think they’re the only ones on the road, everybody goes too slow, nobody knows what they’re doing. People even carry guns so that they can kill people who they do something that they don’t like, while driving. Yep, it’s a fun time to be had by all, if you like fighting all these angry people who drive.

    • Gimmer

      No. People who do this are not, “living the gun culture,” as you put it. Folks who value their life the lives of others, don’t go actively looking for trouble. As a CPL holder, just because I’m armed doesn’t give me special permission to be an instigator. A lethal response is a last resort when you’re actively in fear for your life and/or the lives of others.

    • Cindy Russell

      “Peety” I think you’re the one who is tragically stupid. People who carry guns do so because of idiots like the one who killed this mother. People do have a 2nd Amendment right to protect themselves, so quit being a parrot and tweeting “living the gun culture”. You sound like a Clinton.

  • Monica Key

    The daughter honked the horn at a driver while the mother was behind the wheel.
    When the guy came up to the car the proper response was,
    “I’m sorry, sir. My daughter honked the horn. I’ll deal with her when we get home.”
    It’s called defusing a situation, try it.

    • Cindy Russell

      So the daughter honks the horn because a douche speeds by, stops and says something to the mother (I don’t know what because it’s not in the story, but you added a whole lot of ASSumptions). She drops off the daughter, gets the son who has protection in the form of a gun (did the mom know? I don’t know, apparently YOU think you do). They didn’t find the guy, or so they thought, but Douche came BACK because he apparently was found and shoots at mom and son, son returns fire and you blame the victim. Nice job, guy with no name but a lot of numbers. Her son has nothing to feel guilty about, except maybe not hitting the Douche.

  • dg54321

    Was it worth it? Really? You went looking for trouble, lady, and you found it. Of course the guy who killed you is in the wrong, but you aren’t free of instigation either. The only thing her son should have done was convince her not to go out looking for trouble. He should feel pretty bad that he didn’t keep his mother from getting killed.

  • Jose DeJesus

    ROAD RAGE CAN MAKE ANY GOOD PERSON INTO THE DEVIL..IT HAPPENS IN SECONDS AND YOU DO NOT THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO…..ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS KILL THE PERSON CAUSING THE ROAD RAGE.. IS HARD AND TOUGH TO WALK AWAY…. I HAD DRIVERS GIVE ME THE MIDDLE FINGER AS THEY PASS ME BY FOR GOING THE SPEED LIMIT…IF YOU PUMP YOUR BREAK LIGHTS TO GET THEM TO BACK OFF ?? THEY GET PISS AT YOU AND START FLIPPING YOU OFF AND BAD MOUTHING YOU…….I PULL TO THE SIDE TO LET THEM PASS ME BY, ROAD RAGE AVOIDED.. THERE ARE SOME REALLY BAD DUDES ON THE ROADS, BE CAREFUL AND AVOID THEM IF POSSIBLE…..PEOPLE WHO DRIVE SUV’S AND PICK UP TRUCKS ARE THE WORSE TAIL GATORS …..