LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 19-year-old man faces a murder charge after police say he shot a 71-year-old woman in Las Vegas in an unsuccessful attempt to steal her purse.
Police say they've arrested William Copeland in connection with the shooting that happened Saturday night near H Street and Monroe Avenue.
Authorities say Dixie Jones was still alive and had her purse when they found her, but died after being taken to the hospital.
Police say they later caught up with Copeland, who told them he'd wanted to make quick money off the woman. But he told officers that when he pulled a gun, Jones said she had one too, and he feared he would be shot.
He told officers he shot above her head, and fired again when he backed into a car.
Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.