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Yantis family initiates wrongful death lawsuit

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 11:20:58-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The family of a rancher authorities say was shot and killed by two Adams County Sheriff's deputies has filed a legal notice of their intent to sue the county.

The Idaho Statesman reports the family of Jack Yantis filed a tort claim earlier this year as a precursor to a wrongful death lawsuit seeking $500,000.

Authorities say the deputies shot and killed the 62-year-old Yantis on Nov. 1 after one of his bulls was hit by a car and charged emergency crews on a highway just north of the tiny town of Council in west-central Idaho.

Authorities said the deputies planned to shoot the injured bull when the rancher arrived with a rifle. Investigators say all of them fired their weapons.

The shooting remains under investigation.