UPDATE: May 8, 2016
On May 8, Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Wood posted the following on his Facebook page, responding the latest social media uproar regarding the November 2015 shooting of rancher Jack Yanits:
"My natural response to slander is to be angry at the person who made up the lies, and to defend myself by getting the truth out. God has been teaching me to trust Him instead. The more He protects me, the more I trust Him, and the more I trust Him, the more he protects me The man who fabricated the information in the law enforcement bulletin lost his job a couple weeks later, and the man who published the bulletin to the Internet was arrested by the FBI the very same day, and is facing 10 years in prison.ORIGINAL POST: May 6, 2016
I could have attempted to defend my name but with all my best efforts, I could never have accomplished for myself what God accomplished for me without me lifting a finger.
I have never been disappointed when trusting in God, and His Son Jesus Christ."
The fringe website LibertyFight.com pushed out some sensational "headlines" Friday regarding an Adams County lawman involved in the November 2015 shooting death of rancher Jack Yantis.
"All Hell Breaks Loose in Jack Yantis Case," screamed the website, a link to which was forwarded to a number of Idaho media outlets Friday. Martin Hill, writing for LibertyFight.com, calls Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman "untrustworthy" and "cavalier" when asked about the status of Deputy Brian Wood.
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 crash armed with a rifle just as deputies were attempting to put down the bull. Moments later, Yantis was dead.
In December 2015, the Adams County Sheriff's Office identified Deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland as the lawmen involved in the shooting. Tension in the Adams County community has been tangible ever since, with accusations and rumors becoming a part of daily conversations for nearly six months. The official investigation, however, is still open and Wood and Roland remain on administrative leave as part of formal procedure.
LibertyFight.com refers to a January 2016 memo from the Ada County Sheriff's Office that indicates Wood and his wife were experiencing marital problems and "Wood has become increasingly unstable in recent weeks."
Boise Weekly spoke to Zollman about the website's report.
"Yes, that was back in January," said Zollman, who added that the Woods were indeed dealing with some personal issues but that not only were things better, the sheriff has personally seen Wood on a few occasions since and as recent as a week ago.
"I think Deputy Wood is doing much better now. He remains on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation," Zollman said.
As for the website, LibertyFight.com, Zollman said, "That's pretty old news."