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Road Rage Victim Went After Her Killer: Cops

Tammy Meyers, armed son, followed vehicle after confrontation
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2015 6:38 AM CST
Road Rage Victim Went After Her Killer: Cops
Robert Meyers speaks to media outside his house, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Kimberly Pierceall)

(Newser) – A twist in the case of the Las Vegas mom killed in an apparent road-rage shooting: Police now say Tammy Meyers, who got into an altercation with a male driver while teaching her teen daughter to drive, dropped her off at their home, then grabbed her armed 22-year-old son and went looking for the man, NBC News reports. Meyers and son Brandon believed they had found his car, followed it, then apparently decided to return home five to 10 minutes after they'd left, the Los Angeles Times notes. As they arrived, a gray or silver four-door sedan matching the description of the car they'd followed pulled up and started shooting, hitting Tammy Meyers in the head as her son returned fire. "Everyone can think what they have to think," says Brandon Meyers. "I did what I had to do to protect my family ... and I'd do it for anyone I love." Meyers died two days later. No arrests have been made.

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Police say Meyers was initially behind the wheel Thursday night when a car sped up behind them and Meyers' daughter honked the horn. "She figured that this person was speeding and they needed to be corrected," a police rep says. The driver of that car—described as a 6-foot-tall white male, about 25, with "dirty blonde hair worn in a spiked style"—stopped in front of Meyers' car and confronted the pair before Meyers drove away scared and upset, police say. Meyers' husband, Robert Meyers, says his wife "hated bullies" and "my son is a hero in my book." He adds, per CNN, "There were mistakes like every one of us [has] 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." (Another mother was killed in a road rage shooting in October.)

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