A well-meaning dad who called police on his son in order to teach him a lesson for taking his truck without permission ended up losing his son to police bullets.
James Comstock told the Des Moines Register that on Monday he called cops on his son Tyler after the latter took his truck hostage in retaliation to his refusal to buy him cigarettes.
According to reports, the unarmed Tyler was pursued by Ames Police Officer Adam McPherson up to Iowa State University campus, where a brief standoff ensued.
Then, for refusing to turn off the truck engine, McPherson fired six shot into the truck, two of which struck the teenage boy dead on the spot.
Police claimed in their report that the shooting became necessary ‘to stop the ongoing threat to the public and the officers.’
‘He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him. It was over a damn pack of cigarettes,’ James lamented.
‘So he didn’t shut the damn truck off, so let’s fire six rounds at him?’ Tyler’s step-grandfather Gary Shepley exclaimed. ‘We’re confused, and we don’t understand.’
Tyler, his father said, has had his share of minor run-ins with the law, and was in the process of turning his life around after a devastating breakup with his girlfriend by working on obtaining his GED at Des Moines Area Community College.
‘He was a smart kid. He made his own computers. He was interested in IT,’ his dad said.
Even more shocking is the fact that a member of the Ames police department asked twice that the chase be called off, but it fell on deaf ears.
Now McPherson is on paid leave pending the conclusion of his dept.’s investigation.
Watch the raw dashcam footage below.
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