Rancher killed by police in Adams County

COUNCIL - Idaho State Police are reporting that an officer involved shooting has left one man dead and an Adams County deputy injured.

On Sunday, November 1st at 6:45 p.m., the Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a bull on US-95 at milepost 142 north of Council, Idaho.

Emergency crews arrived on scene and discovered that the driver and passenger involved in the crash needed extrication from the vehicle. However, the injured bull began charging at first responders and other vehicles creating a dangerous situation.

"The bull became aggressive," Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman said. "The officers went to put the bull down for safety reasons."

As deputies prepared to put down the injured bull with their firearms, the owner, identified as Jack Yantis, 62, of Council, Idaho, arrived on scene after being contacted through dispatch.

“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,” Idaho State Police wrote in a statement.

"The owner came down with a rifle. There's not much more I can say. It's under investigation," Zollman explained. "What I can say is both deputies involved and the owner all discharged firearms. Mr. Yantis was fatally wounded and pronounced dead at the scene."

"Our thoughts are with our community and especially all those involved in this incident," Zollman said. "The Adams County Sheriff's Office takes matters involving any use of force very seriously and we have requested detectives with the Idaho State Police to conduct the investigation into this incident."

According to a family friend, and confirmed by a St. Alphonsus representative, Yantis' wife was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

The deputies involved are on paid administrative leave per agency policy and their names are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Idaho State Police are investigating. "Our detectives gathered evidence and made measurements and went back home," ISP Spokeswomen Teresa Baker explained. "The Adams County Sheriff's have been cooperative. We hope to have the investigation done as soon as we can. I can't give you a timeframe on that."

The two people who were involved in the accident were transported to Boise by air ambulance with unknown injuries.

It is unclear whether Yantis or Adams County deputies killed the bull.

US 95 was blocked until 3:05 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

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