Police audio shows dispatchers repeatedly asked cops to back off
November 7, 2013
A Boone, Iowa, dad is deeply regretful he didn’t let his son buy the cigarettes he wanted.
After denied a pack of smokes, 19-year-old Tyler Comstock took off in his father’s truck without permission.
In an attempt to teach his son a lesson, Tyler’s father James called the police and reported his vehicle stolen. That lesson ended up being the last one he would ever teach his son.
After receiving word of the stolen vehicle, the Ames police department pursued Tyler onto the Iowa State University campus and did the unimaginable – they shot him dead.
“He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him,” Tyler’s father James told The Des Moines Register. “It was over a damn pack of cigarettes. I wouldn’t buy him none. And I lose my son for that.”
Police said it should have been a simple traffic stop, but Tyler refused to cooperate. According to Cmdr. Geoff Huff, he pulled away from officers ramming a police vehicle before speeding away.
Students at the campus said they heard sirens and then saw a white truck being followed by police.
Witnesses say they saw Tyler slam the truck into signs and trees trying to escape before he was cordoned off by police cars.
“Finally the truck stopped after getting hit a couple times and one of the cops got out and started firing shots, I don’t know where. But about 3 to 5 shots and that’s when everything kind of stopped,” one student recalled.
Police say they were forced to shoot as he was disobeying orders to turn the truck off, instead revving the engine in defiance, but Tyler’s family argues there could have been more done to prevent the use of deadly force.
“So he didn’t shut the damn truck off, so let’s fire six rounds at him? We’re confused, and we don’t understand,” Tyler’s step-grandfather Gary Shepley stated.
Tyler’s cousin Blake was also at a loss. “I mean, he wasn’t armed. He didn’t have a weapon or anything.”
“I just heard the audio of the dispatch. They told (police) to back off,” Tyler’s mother Shari Comstock told the Register. “Why? Why did they kill him?”
Police have launched an investigation into the shooting, according to the Daily Mail.