Iowa teen killed by police after his father called them ‘to teach his son a lesson’By Mason White 12:43 PM November 8, 2013
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A father’s well-meaning discipline caused him to lose his son forever.
A family was left angry and heartbroken after police officers killed their son.
Tyler Comstock, 19, of Boone, Iowa, died at the wheel of a truck on a college campus after being shot by police.
The devastated father, James Comstock, said that he only called officers in order to teach the 19-year-old a lesson.
Tyler Comstock wanted to buy cigarettes, and his father would not buy it for him.
The teen, who worked with his father at a lawn care company, took his father’s work truck and drove off, in order to get a pack of cigarettes.
When Tyler Comstock left with the truck without his father’s permission, the father called police.
He told police that his son had stolen his work van to go and buy cigarettes.
“He took off with my truck. I called the police, and they killed him,” the broken-hearted father said.
“It was over of a damn pack of cigarettes. I would not buy him any. I lost my child for that,” he added.
“I do not understand why this happened. Tyler would never hurt anyone,” his mother Shari said.
Tyler was unarmed, but when police followed him, he drove to a university where he sped around the campus, leaving students diving for cover.
The police chase ended when police shot him in the head and chest, leading to the teen’s death.