The Adams County Sheriff's Office told KTVB-TV it has received hate messages and phone calls from people who are increasingly frustrated over the November 1st shooting death of Jack Yantis. The 62-year-old rancher and Council native was killed during a bizarre incident involving a wrecked vehicle, a loose bull and gunfire from law enforcement. Authorities said Yantis had arrived on the scene with a shotgun just as Adams County Sheriff's deputies were attempting to put the bull down.
Meanwhile, the Idaho State Police, which has taken over the investigation, sent out a press release November 5 to say 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 County Sheriff's Office request patience as the investigation process continues." Officials said they would not have any further comment until the investigation was complete.
UPDATE: November 3, 2015
Idaho State Police detectives are asking for the public's help in their investigation into a shooting incident on U.S. 95 near the Adams County town of Council at approximately 6:34 p.m. on Sunday, November 1st.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Idaho State Police District 3 office at 208-884-7110.
ORIGINAL POST: November 2, 2015
Idaho State Police detectives are still trying to piece together details of an incident in Adams County, involving a bad wreck and a loose bull, that resulted in the shooting death of a Council man. The incident occurred at approximately 6:34 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.
ISP reports emergency personnel responded to the scene of a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a bull on U.S. Highway 95, just north of Council. As emergency responders were trying to extricate the driver and passenger from the vehicle—a Subaru station wagon—the bull began charging, prompting Adams County Sheriff's deputies to prepare to put down the injured animal. That's when the owner of the bull, Jack Yantis, 62, of Council, arrived on the scene with a rifle.
"The events that transpired over the course of the next few minutes are under investigation but, at this time, it is believed that two deputies and Mr. Yantis all fired their weapons," ISP stated in an official release. "Mr. Yantis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. One deputy sustained a minor injury."
The deputies involved are on paid administrative leave per agency policy. The two people who were involved in the motor vehicle crash were transported by air ambulance to a Boise hospital. U.S. 95 near Council was blocked until 3 o'clock this morning.