Police Fatally Shoot Teen Joyrider


A father in Iowa is mourning the death of his son, which he said could have easily been prevented had local police adequately done their job.

The ordeal began after James Comstock refused to buy his 19-year-old son a pack of cigarettes. In response, Tyler took his father’s truck without permission.

To prove he took the transgression seriously, the elder Comstock called authorities to report the vehicle missing. Ultimately, police located and pursued Tyler to the campus of a nearby college.

What happened next, while still under investigation, resulted in the shooting death of a teenager Comstock said was unarmed.

An officer with the Ames Police Department reported Tyler failed to turn off the vehicle upon orders to do so. A medical examiner’s report shows the officer fired his gun six times, striking Tyler with two of the shots and killing him.

“He took off with my truck,” the distraught father said. “I call the police, and they kill him. It was over a damn pack of cigarettes.”

The young man’s family is now scrambling for answers.

“So he didn’t shut the damn truck off,” said his step-grandfather Gary Shepley, “so let’s fire six rounds at him? We’re confused, and we don’t understand.”

He continued, noting the “professionals” in the department are “trained to handle these situations. And if they panic before they even know what’s going on, then ask yourself, ‘What if it was your child?’”

Though his family concedes Tyler acted inappropriately, they say this incident should not have ended with such an avoidable death. Now, his father must deal with the fact that his attempt to teach his son a lesson ultimately resulted in tragedy.

Law enforcement officers have one of the most stressful jobs in existence. Those in such positions of authority, however, should be held to a higher standard than the general public.

No matter the result of an ensuing investigation into the shooting, this is merely one more case of police intervention making an already bad situation far worse.

–B. Christopher Agee

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  1. Edwardkoziol says:

    How can you comment when all the facts aren't in but why would the gestapo pull out his gun and fire when the kid didn't have a weapon.

  2. Kill more violators of the law, and you will lower the recidivists rate. We are under a dictatorship, so a "police state" is a given.

  3. American329 says:

    What the hell is it gonna take to make people put there Doritos, and twinkles down and get off there freaking a** and do something about our country. This is beyond frreaking Bull$hit. There’s to much stuff happening in this d*mn place at once for there to be so many people to still like our psycho piece of $hit president. We brought his a** into this country gave him freedom and an education and this is the way he pays it back. I know there’s alot of unintelligent / misinformed people in here but my god all it takes is looking around you and using just a tad but of common sense to see there’s a lot of crazy unexplained $hit happening here. If you truly love your children then open your eyes before its to late. Do you wanna lose your children to stupid $hit like this? I sure as hell don’t.

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