…but I am fresh out of sympathy here:
After 19-year-old Tyler Comstock quarreled with his father and drove off in his truck, the elder Comstock decided to teach him a lesson by reporting the truck to the police as stolen.
Soon after, cops chased down Tyler and shot him to death — despite receiving orders from dispatch to cease their pursuit.
Now the Comstock family is furious — and demanding answers.“Why? Why did they kill him?” asked Shari Comstock, Tyler’s mother, in a statement to The Des Moines Register.
On Monday, an argument broke out between Tyler and his father, James Comstock, who refused to buy his son a pack of cigarettes. Tyler stormed off and left in his father’s truck, which is owned by a lawn care company.
James decided to teach his son a lesson by alerting police to the stolen vehicle. Cops pursued Tyler to the nearby Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. During the chase, Comstock rammed a police vehicle at least once, according to reports.
Now, you longtime readers know quite well that I will be among the first to pile on the cops when they do something wrong. But, well, I really don’t think they did anything wrong here. They were alerted to a stolen vehicle and they acted accordingly. And sure, the dispatcher told them to abandon the chase, but both that and the decision to disregard the dispatcher’s instructions were judgment calls, and between the two, I think it’s best to defer to the cops’ judgment in this case, considering they were the ones who were there. I don’t know what exactly led up to Tyler Comstock getting cornered and shot beyond his dad reporting the truck stolen after he took it, but who’s to say that he wasn’t putting other people’s lives in danger as he was out doing whatever he was doing? For all any of us knows Tyler Comstock was pissed off after his argument with his dad and driving like a maniac. Considering he allegedly rammed a police car and revved the engine when the cops had their guns drawn and ordered him to turn off the engine, such certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
As for Shari Comstock’s question, well, I’ll volunteer an answer. Her son is dead because of his own bad judgment, and arguably his dad’s as well. If James Comstock didn’t want men with guns involved in his domestic disputes he shouldn’t have called them. And maybe he shouldn’t have left the keys to that 6,000-lb. Ford truck where his pissed-off kid could get them. I realize he’s hurting, and I hate that, but that shouldn’t give him license to blame other people for actions he ultimately asked them to take.