The office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden now has the findings of an Idaho State Police investigation into the November 2015 shooting death of Adams County rancher Jack Yantis. The now-complete report will be forwarded to prosecutors, who will determine if any criminal charges are deemed necessary. No details from the investigation have yet been released.
The fatal incident
stemmed from a Nov. 1, 2015 collision on U.S. Highway 95 between a vehicle and a bull owned by Yantis. Authorities said Yantis, 62, arrived on the scene of the collision armed with a rifle just as deputies were attempting to put down the bull. Moments later, Yantis was dead. For more than four months since, the tension in the Adams County town of Council has been tangible.
ISP officials say they've interviewed more than 40 individuals, "comprehensively examined all evidence" and reviewed several forensic reports. Those findings are part of the now-complete investigation report.
"We appreciate the patience displayed by the individuals involved, as well as the public during the investigation," said ISP Captain Bill Gardner, adding that ISP will work with the AG's office "with the utmost professionalism and skill."
During the course of the investigation, Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman said he was concerned for the for the safety of his two officers, who he identified as Deputies Cody Roland and Brian Wood. Wood has been with the force since 2013 and Roland joined the Adams County Sheriff's Office in 2015.
"I sincerely hope that our deputies and their families will be safe and that the citizens here in Adams County and others throughout the country will reserve judgement from this incident until the investigation is finished," said Zollman in December 2015.