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Las Vegas police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of a woman after apparent road rage incident

A 19-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a Las Vegas woman after what has been called an apparent road rage incident last week has been taken into custody, police said.

Erich Nowsch was arrested around 1 p.m. after a standoff with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and SWAT officers, said police spokesman Capt. Chris Tomaino. 

Police said they are searching for a second suspect in the case.

Police were in a standoff with Nowsch on Thursday afternoon in a neighborhood southwest of downtown Las Vegas hours after an arrest warrant had been issued for him. He was eventually taken into custody.

An emotional Robert Meyers, husband of victim Tammy Meyers, was at the scene of the standoff. 

"There's the animal, a block away," Meyers screamed to TV cameras before Nowsch was apprehended. 

Afterward, Meyers told the Associated Press that the family knew Nowsch. He also told the news service that his late wife had given Nowsch money and tried to offer him guidance.

“We know this boy,” Robert Meyers told the AP. “I couldn't tell you this before. He knew where I lived. We knew how bad he was but we didn't know he was this bad.”

A neighbor of Nowsch told TV news that she heard police over a loudspeaker telling him to come out of the house with his hands up or to at least come to the window so police could see that he was not harmed. His mother said he had threatened to shoot himself.

Another neighbor, Linda Watson, told the Los Angeles Times that it appears Nowsch lived a block and a half away from the Meyers family. 

Tammy Meyers, 44, was giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson Feb. 12 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 that Meyers, after returning home, went out searching for the other driver. She was joined by her 22-year-old son, who had a gun. 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.

When they got 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 of life support, her family said.

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4:34 p.m.: This article was updated with the suspect's identity and comments from the victim's husband, Robert Meyers. 

1:39 p.m.: This article was updated with information from a neighbor of the suspect. 

1:20 p.m.: This article was updated with information that a suspect had been arrested. 

The first version of this article was published at 1:08 p.m.