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Vegas mom killed after road-rage incident had gone looking for suspect, police say

A woman shot to death following apparent road-rage incident had gone out searching for driver, police say

A Las Vegas woman who was shot to death in front of her home had gone looking for the man who, minutes earlier, had confronted her in a road-rage incident, police said Tuesday.

Tammy Meyers, 44, was giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson Thursday night when she was involved in a confrontation with another driver. Police initially said Meyers and her daughter had gone home after the incident and were calling for help when a car pulled up and someone inside opened fire.

Police now say Meyers, after returning home, went searching for the other driver. She was joined by her 22-year-old son, who had a gun, police said in a news conference Tuesday. The pair drove around looking for a gray or silver sedan. Meyers and her son found the vehicle, police said, and followed it for a while before Meyers decided to go home.

Once home, a silver or gray sedan drove into their cul-de-sac, police said, and someone began shooting at them. Meyers' son returned fire, and the car sped off. Meyers was hit. She died two days later after being taken off life support, her family said.

"I would never say that anybody went looking for trouble, but unfortunately I can’t ask Tammy what was in her mind at the time of her actions,” said Lt. Ray Steiber of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “At this point in time, Tammy is a victim.... It’s our obligation as a community and as a law enforcement organization to ensure that everyone is safe, regardless of what our personal opinions are on certain people’s actions.”

Investigators have not identified a suspect in the case.

Meyers was described as “the most giving person one could ever know” on a page for a memorial fund that had been set up on the crowd-sourced fundraising site GoFundMe that has since been taken down.

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FOR THE RECORD

Feb. 19, 12 p.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Tammy Meyers was a nurse. A memorial fund set up on a GoFundMe page stated that Meyers worked as a nurse. The page has since been taken down, and Meyers is not registered as a nurse with the Nevada State Board of Nursing.

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On Thursday night, she had finished giving her daughter a driving lesson in a school parking lot and was driving home when a silver or gray sedan sped up behind her, police said. The car then veered to the side of Meyers’ car, and as it did, her daughter reached over and honked the horn.

“She was getting a driving lesson,” Steiber said. “She figured that this person was speeding and they needed to be corrected. Right or wrong, she beeped the horn.”

The car pulled in front of Meyers and stopped abruptly, police said. The driver, described as a white man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build, got out of the car and approached Meyers and her daughter, who were still in their car. They were only a couple blocks from home.

“There were some words” spoken by the suspect that scared Meyers and her daughter, and they sped around the driver and went home, Steiber said. According to Steiber, it doesn't appear that Meyers or her daughter said anything to the other driver.

When they arrived, Meyers told her daughter to wake her son and tell him to get in the car, police said.

The two went out, and between five or 10 minutes later, they pulled back in. Then shots were fired.

Police think the suspect in the car fired first, and Meyers’ son returned fire with a gun registered to him. They did not say how many rounds were fired.

Authorities called the shooting an “isolated incident involving road rage that ended in a tragic murder.” Homicide investigators are reviewing evidence, including additional video evidence that has not been released, Steiber said.

Times staff writer Brittny Mejia contributed to this report.

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UPDATES

9:16 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional details.

This story was originally published at 6:21 p.m.

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