Las Vegas Teen: “I’m Gonna Come Back
for You and Your Daughter”
His mug shot tells it all: an angry young man arrested on charges of murder and showing no sadness, remorse, regret or shame in his face.
The suspect in what has been described as a Las Vegas road-rage slaying boasted about the shooting and told friends that he emptied several clips from his semi-automatic handgun in the gun battle that killed a Las Vegas mother of four, a police report released Friday says.
Tammy Meyers, 44, was struck by a single bullet to the head on the night of Feb. 12 while in her green Buick Park Avenue outside her home. She died two days later after being taken off life support.
The suspect was arrested several days later after SWAT teams surrounded his house a block from the Meyers home, in a nice middle-class suburban neighborhood of modest stucco homes with tile roofs about 5 miles west of downtown Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police found two shooting scenes: one near a junior high school and the other in front of the Meyers’ home less than a half mile away. Six .45 caliber cartridge casings were picked up at the first scene. There were seven more .45 casings at the site of the killing, one .45 bullet with human blood on it, and three 9mm cartridge casings.
The police report sheds new light on the violent encounter between 19-year-old suspect Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. and victim Tammy Meyers and her 22-year-old son Brandon Meyers last week.
Police say Nowsch fired many shots at them on two occasions that night — once a few blocks away from their house and again in the cul-de-sac outside the home.
According to the report, Nowsch told the two friends he fired 22 times at a green car after a cat-and-mouse car chase through his neighborhood just a few miles from the famed Las Vegas strip, and knew that he had shot someone when it was over.
The two friends told police that Erich Milton Nowsch had texted one of them after the incident and asked if he could come over. He said he had important news, one of the witnesses told police.
Nowsch bragged about the shootings to the friends and told them people in a green car were out to get him, saying the altercation began after he saw someone in a green car in a nearby school parking lot waving a gun out the window. One of the witnesses told investigators that the 19-year-old suspect said he “got those kids. They were after me, and I got them.”
Nowsch showed the two friends his .45 caliber handgun, some extra magazines and a box with more rounds, the witnesses told police.
The police report does not clarify some nagging questions about the investigation: how it all began, what role road rage played in the altercation, and how the two parties exactly knew one another.
Family members said the altercation began when Tammy Meyers and her teenage daughter exchanged words with another driver on Feb 12. The mother was apparently giving her daughter a driving lesson in the family’s green Buick Park Avenue.
Daughter Kristal Meyers said she was driving a green 1993 Buick sedan around the adjacent parking lot at the junior high school, getting a driving lesson from her mother, she told police. Kristal Meyers also took a few loops around the block be-
fore switching seats with her mother.
Tammy Meyers took an indirect route home and as she was on a six-lane road, a silver car pulled up next to them. Kristal Meyers told police she reached over and honked the horn. The driver of the other car then followed them as the Meyers turned away twice. The other car roared past them in a bicycle lane and angrily spun around, stopping sideways in front of them.
During the incident, a man got out of the sedan and threatened them by saying: ”I’m gonna come back for you and your daughter.” The man was 6-feet tall, the daughter told police. Nowsch is much shorter.
Police say that after that threat Tammy Meyers drove home. Fearful of her life, she then dropped the daughter off at home and picked up her son, who brought his 9mm handgun.
When he got to the car, Brandon Meyers told his mother “to come in the house and call the police,” he recounted to investigators. She insisted he come with her– or she was going out alone, the police report says.
The two drove around for a short time before encountering the silver Audi car, the son said. They followed it and at some point the car stopped and the passenger shot at them. Brandon Meyers told police he ducked and didn’t return fire at that time.
Tammy Meyers sped home and when she parked in front of the house, which is at the end of a cul-de-sac, Brandon Meyers got out and raced over to his mother. But before he could help her out, the silver car came down the street and the passenger shot at them again.
Brandon Meyers said he fired three times at the driver but didn’t know if he hit anything. Tammy Meyers, however, was struck in the head by the gunman in the Audi. Brandon called 911.
Nowsch denied involvement in the shooting when questioned by police, according to the documents. During questioning he told investigators he was with a friend at a recording studio and wasn’t involved in shooting Meyers. But the same friend told police that he dropped Nowsch off at a park about 9:30 p.m. and they never went to a studio.
The disclosure that Tammy Meyers had taken a motherly interest in Nowsch following the suicide of his father five years ago provided yet another twist to a case that’s posed more questions than answers. Meyers, a mother of four who lived a block from Nowsch, had frequently consoled and counseled the young teen and given him food and money, her family said. Her two sons had gone to high school with Nowsch.
The shooting occurred just days after the fifth anniversary of the suicide of Nowsch’s father.
With the 19-year-old suspect gunman in jail, police focused Friday on finding an accomplice who was with Nowsch.
District Attorney Steve Wolfson said that despite “a lot of twists and turns in the case,” he is confident police have the right man. He said he expects at least one more arrest in the coming days.
Police remained tight-lipped about their efforts, a day after homicide Capt. Chris Tomaino told reporters that pieces of the puzzle would fit together once the case is turned over to prosecutors.
Tomaino said a sketch that had been circulated early in the investigation was no longer relevant. Neighbors noticed when the 5-foot-3 Nowsch was taken into custody Thursday that he looked nothing like the 6-foot blond man police and the victim’s family had described earlier. He was a small kid barely weighing 100 pounds. It also begs another question: If the family knew Nowsch– which they denied at the time– why was the sketch taken in the first place?
In addition to his charges, Las Vegas police said Nowsch had also been detained Tuesday for an unrelated warrant that was issued while he was a juvenile.
Nowsch’s Facebook page shows him with his tongue wagging, his hand and arms heavily tattooed, with a ballcap on his head and thick chain around his neck. He’s holding what appears to be a wad of cash, including at least one $100 bill. His Instagram profile has the majority of pictures showing him smoking marijuana in its various forms. His moniker? Mob Life 18.
Nowsch will be arraigned Monday morning at the Clark County Courthouse and faces a growing number of charges, including one count of murder.
The other charges include one count of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of firing a gun from a car.
Kathleen Nowsch, the teen’s mother, was disraught and turned away from reporters, refusing to comment on her son’s alleged actions.
Tammy Meyers’ husband, Robert, said that he and others knew about Nowsch before this happened. He described Nowsch as an “animal.”
“We knew how bad he was,” Robert Meyers told reporters.
“But we didn’t know it was this bad. We know this boy. He knew where I lived. He was an animal. He’d gotten to this point, he and his friends. She (Tammy Meyers) fed him, she gave him money, she he told him to pull his pants up and be a man.”
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