Mom, son arrested as suspects in fatal shooting of former Chaparral football player

LAS VEGAS - A local mother and her son were arrested in connection with a shooting that left a former Chaparral High School student dead.

Metro Police said 37-year-old Tianna Thomas and her 17-year-old son were arrested Tuesday.  Police said, Thomas, who also goes by the name Tianna Douglas is believed to have driven her son from the scene before police arrived.

Metro said 18-year-old Richard J. Nelson was killed Saturday night when he tried to stop a fight.  According to witnesses, Nelson was shot right after he pulled a person away from his sister.

The Clark County Coroner's Office says Nelson died of multiple gunshots.  Nelson was a redshirt freshman last season at Missouri State and a former star football player at Chaparral High School.

Thomas' son was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Hall facilities.  He faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon.  His identity will not be released until he is certified as an adult and transferred to the Clark County Detention Center.

Thomas (Douglas) was transported to the Clark County Detention Center.  She faces one count of accessory to murder with a deadly weapon.

This investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, on the internet at, or text CRIMENV plus
tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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