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Attorney for Slain Rancher's Family: Resentment Toward Law Enforcement

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The Idaho attorney general's office has stepped in at the request of the Adams County prosecutor to oversee the controversial case of an Adams County rancher who was shot and killed Nov. 1 following an incident in which the rancher's bull collided with a vehicle.

Authorities said Jack Yantis, 62, had arrived at the scene of the collision armed with a rifle just as Adams County sheriff's deputies were attempting to put down the bull. Moments later, Yantis was dead.  

Idaho State Police sent out a press release Nov. 5, stating it was "committed to complete a thorough investigation into this incident to determine exactly what happened."

ISP said detectives were continuing to conduct interviews and examine evidence, which will also be sent to forensic labs for analysis. The press release concluded saying, "an investigation of this nature takes time and ISP and the Adams County Sheriff's Office request patience as the investigation process continues." 

According to an attorney representing the Yantis family, "patient" is not the best way to describe the current mood in rural Adams County. KTVB-TV reports attorney Matthew Taylor said there is "resentment over law enforcement's handling" of the incident.

"Here you have rural police officers who should have known about Jack Yantis," Taylor told KTVB. "They are of the same race, and you have this excessive force being used."

Taylor added Yantis' widow, Donna, was "thrown down on the pavement, gun to her head," as the incident was occurring, leading to her suffering a heart attack. 

Meanwhile the Adams County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a town hall meeting tonight in Council, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Assembly of God Church. Law enforcement said they're still looking for public cooperation in their investigation.