Iowa Dad Doesn’t Buy Son Cigarettes. Son Steals Dad’s Truck. Cop Kills Son.

Nov 8, 2013
2:53 pm

A troubling story from Iowa has many baffled, after 19-year-old Tyler Comstock was killed by police because his dad didn’t want to buy his son a pack cigarettes.


Yeah, you heard it right.

This past Monday Comstock’s dad James didn’t want to buy Tyler a pack of smokes, so Tyler took dad’s truck, and his dad then called the cops to say that his son stole his truck. Soon, Tyler was dead on the campus of Iowa State University. Here is what the local report said:

Police began pursuing Tyler Comstock of Boone after his father reported the truck stolen. The truck belonged to a lawn care company.

Ames Police Officer Adam McPherson pursued Comstock into the heart of ISU’s campus. During the chase, Comstock rammed McPherson’s car. The truck eventually stopped, but Comstock revved the engine and refused orders to turn it off.

McPherson fired six shots into the truck. Comstock died from two gunshot wounds, according to the Iowa state medical examiner’s office.

James Comstock said his son was not carrying a weapon.

There’s audio of the pursuit:

And dashboard video of the pursuit:

By the way, police said the use of force was justified, even though there were indications in the pursuit for cops, specifically McPherson, to back off.
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