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Elderly woman dies protecting purse during attempted robbery

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Elderly woman dies protecting purse during attempted robbery

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Sep 30, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- "It didn't' take much to make her laugh, she joked a lot," Scott Chaney said as he described his 71-year-old sister, Dixie Jones.

He showed a picture of Jones with a big smile, but what's not visible is her feisty personality, "She would tell you how she feels and be done with it. That's how she was."

On Saturday, Las Vegas police said Jones was shot and killed when a teen tried to rob her.
 
According to the arrest report, the 19-year-old suspect, William Copeland, "Wanted to make some quick money off the woman."
 
Police said he shot her while trying to steal her purse. 
 
Jones was about a five minute walk from home when she was shot on North H Street and Monroe Avenue, just west of downtown Las Vegas. Chaney said she wasn't going to give up her purse without a fight.
 
"There was no way you were going to just come up and take something from her," Chaney said. "That's the heart in her." 
 
Shortly after the shooting, police arrested the suspect on C Street not far from the crime scene.
 
According to the arrest report, Copeland shot Jones because she said she had a gun. However, police said the only weapon that was found was Copeland's gun. 
 
Police also arrested another 16-year-old male for driving the getaway car. Police won't release the younger suspect's information because he's a minor. 
 
"To do this is just horrible," Chaney said. "They're going to pay for what they did."
Victoria Spilabotte

Victoria Spilabotte

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Victoria Spilabotte is the weekend anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas, as well as a general assignment reporter.