Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Idaho State Police Request Anyone on US95 in Adams County at Time of Shooting on Sunday Evening To Contact Them

Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 11/03/15 at 3:15 p.m.

MERIDIAN - Idaho State Police detectives are asking for anyone that may have been witness to events leading up to, or after, the shooting incident on US95 in Adams County on Sunday, November 1st to contact them.

The incident started at approximately 6:45 p.m. when the Adams County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a Subaru station wagon and a cow bull on US95 at milepost 142, north of Council. Emergency medical services, fire department personnel and Adams County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and traffic on US95 was stopped. It was during this time until approximately 7:45 p.m. that detectives believe that there were a number of motorists stopped near the scene of the crash before the shooting incident involving Adams County Sheriff's deputies and Mr. Jack Yantis, that may have information useful to their investigation. The witnesses did not have to actually see the shooting incident to be helpful to the investigation.

If you were in the area and did not already provide your information to Idaho State Police troopers or detectives, please call the Idaho State Police District 3 Investigations at 208-884-7110.

Prior Release 11/2/15 at 11:30 a.m.

Idaho State Police Investigating A Shooting Involving Adams County Sheriff's Deputies

On Sunday, November 1, 2015, at approximately 6:45 p.m. Adams County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a cow bull on US95 at milepost 142, north of Council.

Emergency medical personnel and Adams County deputies arrived to the scene and began to extricate the driver and a passenger from a Subaru station wagon. During this time the bull that was injured in the crash began charging at first responders and other vehicles.

As deputies prepared to put the injured bull down, the owner of the bull, Jack Yantis, 62 of Council, arrived on 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. Mr. Yantis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. One deputy sustained a minor injury.

"Our thoughts are with our community and especially all those involved in this incident," said Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman. "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."

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

The two people who were involved in the motor vehicle crash were transported by air ambulance to a Boise hospital. The conditions of these two people are unknown at this time.

US95 was blocked from 6:45 pm until 3:05 am. Passenger vehicles were rerouted along county roads and commercial vehicles were stopped until the highway opened.

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is expected to be released today.