A 19-year-old Iowa man who took his father’s work truck, was killed by police Monday morning on Iowa State University’s campus.
The tragic ordeal started when James Comstock refused to buy a pack of cigarettes for his son.
The younger Comstock took his father’s truck, which belonged to a lawn care company, reports of the incident said. Police got involved after the elder Comstock reported the truck stolen.
“He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him,” James Comstock told The Des Moines Register. “It was over a damn pack of cigarettes. I wouldn’t buy him none.
“And I lose my son for that.”
Comstock said his son did not have a weapon.
An Ames police officer began chasing the younger Comstock, even after an unidentified staff person suggested the officer back off. Twice.
Comstock finally stopped the truck, after ramming the officer’s car, but would not cut the engine, reports say.
The officer fired six shots into the truck and Comstock died from two gunshot wounds, according to the Iowa state medical examiner’s office.
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