Father of killed by Ames police during a 2013 chase to be paid $225,000 in a settlement

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AMES, Iowa — The father of a 19-year-old man shot and killed by police during a 2013 chase that ended on the Iowa State University campus will be paid $225,000 in a settlement with the city.

The city will pay $25,000 of the settlement to James Comstock for the death of his son, Tyler Comstock, of Boone, Des Moines television station KCCI reported (http://bit.ly/1DvRLk2 ). The city's insurer will cover the rest.

The shooting stemmed from James Comstock reporting in November 2013 that his son had stolen his truck. James Comstock later said that his son took the truck out of anger when his father refused to buy him a pack of cigarettes.

Police say that when officer spotted the truck and tried to pull it over, Tyler Comstock fled, leading officers on a high-speed, dangerous chase that saw him swerve through traffic and running red lights.

He eventually drove onto the ISU campus, nearly hitting student pedestrians. Ames Officer Adam McPherson fired six shots into the truck. Comstock, who was unarmed, later died from two gunshot wounds.

McPherson was cleared of any wrongdoing, but James Comstock filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming police negligence.

City officials said the settlement was made to avoid litigation.

Comstock family members contacted by KCCI declined to comment. A phone number for James Comstock could not be found Saturday.


Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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