Driver's Family Questions ISU Campus Shooting, Officer Cleared

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The family of a man shot by police Monday after a car chase at Iowa State University is questioning why he was killed. James Comstock is outraged police shot and killed his son, 19-year-old Tyler Comstock.

Ames police say Tyler Comstock of Boone drove a stolen pickup onto the campus where students dodged it to avoid being run over. APD Officer Adam McPherson fired six shots into the truck and Comstock later died from two gunshot wounds.

Gary Shepley, Tyler Comstock's step-grandfather, questioned why police didn't back away from the truck as suggested by an officer during the chase. Tyler's family says he was not armed. They also say he was trying to get his life back on track.

Officer McPherson has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Story County Attorney Stephen Holmes said McPherson was justified in using deadly force in shooting Comstock. After reviewing video of the chase and conducting interviews, Holmes believes the officer "acted reasonably under very difficult circumstances."

Holmes said the incident was tragic and is relieved no one else was injured or killed.

Ames police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation played patrol car dashboard videos at a news conference Thursday showing the pickup Comstock was driving run through intersections, intentionally ram police cars and drive recklessly on campus.


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