Dad Calls Cops on Son , Cops Shoot Son Dead ETA, after watching the full video, I think the cops were justified
Son shot and killed after father calls police on him
ETA - After watching the full video, I think the cops were justified
James Comstock called police after his 19-year-old son took his pickup without his permission to go to the store for cigarettes.
Now Comstock, of Slater, Iowa, is mourning the death of his son, Tyler, after police chased the pickup through the Iowa State University campus in Ames and fired on it. The state medical examiner's office determined Tyler died from two gunshot wounds, the Des Moines Register reported.
The use of deadly force was justified, Story County Attorney Stephen Holmes announced Thursday following an investigation that included interviews and an examination of police car dashboard video, myabc5.com said.
"These officers were placed in an impossible situation," Holmes wrote in a report to Ames Police Chief Charles Cychosz cited in USA Today.
According to The Register, police began chasing Tyler Comstock after his father reported the pickup stolen.
Ames police officer Adam McPherson pursued the vehicle into the Iowa State campus.
Voices on dispatch audio twice suggested that police back off, but Comstock was running stop signs and a red light and navigating narrow streets at speeds nearing 70 mph. Police video shows his truck ramming police cars and narrowly missing pedestrians and other vehicles, USA Today said.
The truck eventually came to a halt but Comstock revved the engine and refused orders to switch it off. McPherson fired six shots at the vehicle.
Comstock was unarmed, his father said.
Comstock's step-grandfather, Gary Shepley, told The Register said he questions why police chased an easily identifiable green-and-white lawn care truck onto a busy campus when they could have retreated and found the vehicle later.
He also wondered why police would fire at the truck six times on a crowded college campus:
"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."
Ames police Commander Geoff Huff gave this explanation at a news conference Thursday attended by the Iowa State Daily:
"The suspect had every opportunity to comply with officers. At the end of the pursuit, the officers were out of options with two disabled squad cars and a suspect still intending to harm the officers and posing a very real and deadly risk to everyone in that area. Officer McPherson fired into the truck to stop the threat and stopped firing once it appeared the threat had been reduced."
McPherson remained on paid leave, the campus paper website said.
Myabc5.com posted this dashboard cam footage released by authorities: ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
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