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Father's heartache after police shoot dead son, 19, after he reported truck stolen to stop him from buying cigarettes (VIDEO)

Father's heartache after police shoot dead son, 19, after he reported truck stolen to stop him from buying cigarettes (VIDEO)

Tyler Comstock died from two gunshot wounds on Monday after a police chase ended on the campus of Iowa State University

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http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131106/NEWS/31106...

Police audio shows dispatchers repeatedly asked cops to back off

By LOUISE BOYLE
PUBLISHED: 21:04 EST, 6 November 2013 | UPDATED: 08:03 EST, 7 November 2013

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AA 19-year-old has been shot dead by police after his father dialed 911 to report his truck stolen in order to teach his son a lesson for driving off to buy cigarettes.

Father James Comstock has been left devastated after a police officer shot and killed his teenage son Tyler.

Ames police say the teenager, from Boone, drove a stolen truck onto the Iowa State University campus on Monday, where student pedestrians dodged it to avoid being run over.

Patrol officer Adam McPherson fired six shots into the truck and the 19-year-old later died from two gunshot wounds.

Father James Comstock told The Des Moines Register on Tuesday: '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.

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Did the kid have a gun and use it?

Did the teenager fire at cops?

I don't think so. It appears they had him surrounded. All he could do was get out and run on foot. Instead they shot him while he was INSIDE his wrecked truck.

Is that right?

If so, is this proper procedure? To kill somebody whose vehicle has been rendered useless and when they're in their vehicle? Did the teenager physically assault an officer with a weapon?

I'm wondering if the shooting was justified.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Everyday

..for the rest of his life the father will remember this and no amount of booze will help him forget.

I would not trade places with him for anything. We all have enough concerns for something like this to be added on.

donvino

We havent yet gotten to the

We havent yet gotten to the point where police are unrestrained enough to make most people think twice about calling them.
More incidents like this and it wont take long though.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

He called the government....

And the government responded.
"See something say something".
Did this father really have an alternate outcome in his mind?
Now he will probably turn to the government to help him through his grief.

Amazing

how fast that dash cam video was released.

Two Lessons Learned

Lesson One:
Never call the cops on what happens within YOUR home, which is your kingdom. Be wise, noble, courageous, assertive and in charge. Cops are never invited inside my home. This father sadly, lost control of his son. Self discipline hardly exists in this new country any more.

Lesson Two:
We should not be surprised by this rampant, barbaric use of deadly force. As a combat vet, use of deadly force is harder to justify unless there's a two-way range. Our ridiculous and senseless "laws" allow them to shoot when they feel scared or threatened, which is most of the time. No job should allow this. A car isn't a weapon unless you stand your dumb ass in front of one. Surprisingly we keep allowing them to walk away on "desk duty" without going to prison (or worse). It seems that police lose all sense of restraint and other higher level thinking skills to avoid deadly force. The table should turn within time.

Predictable outcome

A hostile dad with a cellphone, a hostile kid with a truck, and then hostile cops with guns..
All of them endangered public safety, either directly or indirectly.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

Who is Police Officer Adam McPherson ??

We need all the info we can get on this guy, Police Officer Adam McPherson, who is he, where is he now ? Who do we know at ISU, anybody out there ?

after watching this video, I can't help but wonder...

...once the kid began to use the vehicle as a weapon the cops had every right to defend themselves; I wish they would have just laid off him but the kid was acting so irrationally who can say what he would have done, he still may have hurt someone, running that light? totally dangerous, this definitely a tragedy; I cant help but wonder if there is more to this story, the way the kid was avioding the police, it seems very odd

Never call the cops

Never call the cops on your own family...it will never end up good.
The more people you get involved in your problems...the bigger they become...Never, ever call the cops on your relatives.
This is a perfect example of what will happen.
Over a pack of cigarettes too...Geez!

Who writes your headlines?

The head "Father's heartache after police shoot dead son..." prompts the question, why did they shoot a dead kid?

Freedom is my Worship Word!

I thought the same thing. I

I thought the same thing. I think he was trying to say like 'shot him dead, shot dead his son, his son shot dead, the police shot dead son.... but it didn't work out quite right.

hee hee

BOOM!

The dad messed up bad in this one

I may have missed the part in the article where the dad actually told 911 that it was his son and he was just trying to teach him a lesson BUT if that never happened then the cops responded to what they assumed was someone RUNNING from the cops due to stealing a vehicle.

I think the dad should be held responsible for all the events that happened AFTER he lied and said his vehicle was stolen.

If you want to teach your kid a lesson about not buying smokes there are much better ways versus using the cops like some "extra" I told you so. He odds are thought the cops were just going to toss him in jail but then what would have happened once the full story actually came out?

I doubt the local cops would have said, oh it was just to teach him a lesson about buying cigarettes and that is why we wasted our time chasing what we thought was a stolen vehicle, ok yeah just let them all go because I'm sure his lesson has been learned.

Another thought I have is
cigarettes do indeed kill

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When you defend this behavior - you sound like idiots

then when you whine someone is getting strip searched - nobody hears you.

The kid rammed the cruiser to start the chase.
He then endangered loads of people.
Then if you bother to view the video - AFTER the cops try to disable the truck by ramming it - you can clearly here the cop open the door - then you can see the truck ram the cruiser.

WTF do you want them to do?

WTF do I think?

I think they would be issued a new or repaired "cruiser". You cannot issue a new LIFE. GTF out of the way.....

How about not murdering the kid?

The father's call is what started the chase. The chase was over when the police murdered him.

When the only tool you have is a handgun, every problem looks like a target.

The truck was stopped. Any endangerment of loads of people was over.
Endangering people is not a capital offense. Nor is refusing to get out of a truck. Even if they were, there is the little detail of due process.

The police had no reason to murder this kid, or the young mother in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago - another case where the car was not going anywhere.

What do I want them to do? Keep the truck pinned, and wait for him to get out. Police need to use firearms as a last resort, not the first.

The lesson is don't point a gun at someone unless you plan to shoot them and don't call the police for anything unless you are prepared for someone (maybe you) to die as a result.

[F]orce can only settle questions of power, not of right. - Clyde N. Wilson

About the D.C. shooting

Is there any update on the child taken into custody?

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Amen Weirami

I TOTALLY agree:

Cops should have more tools than testosterone and Glocks or M&Ps. They should be held individually accountable for each murder like this and the one in D.C. a few weeks ago. A pinned vehicle and an unarmed citizen are no imminent threat to anyone. If there's ever a weapon pointed at me, I reserve the right to protect myself with my own weapon. Otherwise I must use my God given brain and intelligence to resolve most situations. These cops are full of ego and they know in most cases all they'll receive is paid leave instead of an incoming round.

The police could have simply blasted out the tires really hard?

and not shot inside the vehicle? would have immobilized the vehicle?

If he would have just let his son get his smokes

he wouldn't have gotten smoked.

But then again, the correct thing to do would be to pull over and not go ripping through town like a lunatic leading to the police eliminating a threat to the public.

I blame the father for calling in a false stolen vehicle to teach his son a lesson.

This is just sad and unfortunate.

Video with correctly synched audio:

(The suggestion for the officer to "back off" came at the exact moment the kid rammed into the cop)


http://youtu.be/ZNo4Bpl9JoA

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Ninja you're right....

This father has to live the rest of his life with this senseless choice......

I believe it serves as an important lesson in parenting

The father's methods of discipline and his son's disregard of public and law enforcement safety are both examples of unnecessary aggression towards one's own family and the public.

Cause and Effect.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Look familiar???

UNBELIEVABLE!

Had the driver run over and killed any friends/relatives of the commentators on here blaming the police for this one, then they they would be crying about why the police didn't stop this individual and prevent the tragedy from happening, and how utterly worthless they are and not needed except to abuse the public. I agree with snake that the "pig haters" on here are past the line of "blind with hate".

Welcome to the new DP - overrun and infiltrated with irrational thought. Can't help but assume there is an agenda behind some of these comments - comments that aren't limited to this post alone, and I'm sure I don't have to spell it out for most of you here. I've said it before; I don't agree with censorship or banning, but I can certainly see the necessity of it. DP is one of the very few websites where freedom and truth are available, but sadly, the infection is spreading and turning in to a cancer. Hopefully it's not too late.

Anti-police is not what this site is about. Just like Anti-Israel, or Anti-Immigrant is NOT. Yet it is an agenda that many would like to see the DP associated with. How convenient for your cause. This is neither an example of police abuse or corruption.

people were in danger

because the police were PURSUING HIM , MCPHERSON should have listened to that little angel on his intercom telling him to back off and we can pick him up later. instead he listened to his adrenaline and emptied his clip into this poor kid.

maybe this kid was full of adrenaline too and couldnt here the officers orders to kill the engine , instead he gets killed.

DP overun and infiltrated with irrational thought..... haha please dude.

my view POLICE SHOULD NOT CHASE CARS AT ALL !

in that final screenshot it appears the truck is pinned in up against a tree and a cop car. the threat was close to being negated and the cop chose lethal force. HUUURAAAAH!

"He's this eccentric Ghandi-Like figure that you cant touch with the normal bribes that people respond to."
the man Doug Wead on DR. RON PAUL

Alright dude,

Say the police did back off and then he plowed in to someone. Who is at fault? The police for not having stopped him prior? Your analogy to just let any criminal get away is flawed.

The other video that I posted above was an escaped murderer who did the EXACT SAME THING as this guy by blowing through an intersection at top speed without disregard for any other living being in that intersection. Do you want that kind of person on the loose or stopped? I also guess that ramming your truck into someone's vehicle (intentionally trying to harm someone in case you don't get it) doesn't count as someone that needs to be stopped? I really hope you don't complain if someone ever rams in to you and they just decide to take off. Hey, we'll just deal with him at a later date anyway, cause it's not like he'll probably ram in to some one else right?

No, people were in danger because of his selfish mentality of "my escaping is worth more than any other person's life". By his ACTIONS, he proved that he was a DANGER to society. But by your views, maybe we should just wait until he commits another crime sometime in the future. Maybe then we'll catch him, or maybe we'll just let him go again, right dude?

Warped thinking from a warped mind.

Our legal system was designed to give each person a day in court. Not a judgement day from a trigger-happy, combat seeking fool that knew he could "justify" his choice of deadly force. Suppose the kid fired back with his own hi-cap 9mm or .40 "because HE was afraid for his life"......

Exactly right!

But it's the other way around. The driver already took aggressive action against the cops when he rammed his truck in to them, and took aggressive action when he carelessly, recklessly, and needlessly drove through that intersection without any disregard for other motorists, or any pedestrians crossing the street. Should I also mention that there could have been children playing in the street and this "victim" wouldn't have cared??? ALL he cared about was evading police AT ANY COST, even if it meant taking innocent lives with him.

When you add all of that to a 3 TON VEHICLE, you are now looked at by the police and courts as a "danger with a deadly weapon", and that threat needs to be STOPPED. Once the vehicle was immobilized, the cops are supposed to demand that the suspect show his hands in order to make sure the driver doesn't have a firearm at the ready to kill them. "Afraid for his life" goes BOTH WAYS. After the way the driver had previously behaved, I wouldn't be surprised if that is exactly what occurred and the driver refused to cooperate by showing his hands. How are the police to know that the driver isn't already armed and prepared to shoot it out. From the camera angle, we can't even tell if the driver raised a weapon at the police or not, yet everyone here is ready to judge. That's right; Warped thinking - Warped minds.

Tell me something; Would any SANE person whose only "crime" was that he "borrowed" his dad's truck behave in such a manner and go through ALL THAT just to evade the police??? There's a very good chance that there is more to this story and that he was already "wanted". Regardless of the reason, it gives him no right to do what he did by putting others in danger.

escaped murderer ?

escaped murderer ?
19 yr who took his dads work vehicle ?

the cops in this pursuit knew exactly who they were dealing with.

nuff said

"He's this eccentric Ghandi-Like figure that you cant touch with the normal bribes that people respond to."
the man Doug Wead on DR. RON PAUL