When James Comstock refused to purchase his 19-year-old son cigarettes, the teenager drive off in his father’s truck. Attempting to teach his rebellious son a lesson, Comstock phoned the police to report his vehicle stolen.
This lesson ended with the police fatally shooting the his son, Tyler, on the Iowa State University campus.
The father is angry and confused. He wonders why the police hastily used deadly force.
“He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him. It was over a damn pack of cigarettes. I wouldn’t buy him none,” Comstock told The Des Moines Register. “And I lose my son for that.”
Police began chasing Tyler shortly after Comstock called and reported the vehicle stolen. The truck belongs to a lawn care company.
As Ames Police Officer Adam McPherson pursued Tyler across the ISU campus, he allegedly rammed into McPherson’s car. The lawn care truck was eventually stopped, although police claim Tyler revved the engine and refused to turn off the vehicle.
McPherson fired six shots into the vehicle, striking the teen twice and killing him, according to the Iowa state medical examiner’s office.