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Adams County deputy involved in rancher shooting no longer with sheriff's office

Posted at 2:39 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 16:44:23-04

Brian Wood, one of the two deputies involved in the fatal shooting of Council rancher Jack Yantis, is no longer employed by the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

Jim Davis, the attorney representing Adams County, says Wood's last day on paid administrative leave was Wednesday, August 31.  Davis declined to say whether Wood resigned from the department or if the sheriff's office asked for Wood's resignation.

Wood and a fellow deputy, Cody Roland, were placed on paid administrative leave in November 2015 following the deadly shooting.  In July 2016, after a lengthy investigation, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, concluded there was not a strong enough case against the deputies to result in a conviction on criminal charges related to Yantis' death.

Roland resigned from the department shortly after the shooting to pursue seasonal work in Pennsylvania.

Six On Your Side spoke exclusively to the former deputies last month.  At the time of that August interview, Wood said he was unsure he wanted to remain with the sheriff's office.