Jack Yantis was shot dead by deputies in a shootout over the animal. Deputies said that the animal was very aggressive and agitated so they thought it was best to put him down. Yet its owner probably thought otherwise. Idaho State Police opened an investigation into the shootout.
Dale Fisk, editor of a local newspaper and one of the people who knew the rancher their entire life, said that Yantis was that kind of person that would not back down for anything in the world.
The police said that a Subaru hit the rancher’s bull around 6:45 p.m. on Sunday near the small town of Council. Locals said livestock crashes were quite common in the area. Fisk explained that such accidents are more often in November as darkness falls earlier during this time of the year.
According to Adams County sheriff’s office, the law enforcement officers that arrived at the scene of the crash sensed that they were in peril after the bull allegedly charged at them. For that reason, they weren’t able to quickly get the driver and passenger out of the Subaru.
Sheriff Ryan Zollman recently told reporters that the animal was ‘very agitated’ and hostile towards emergency crews and cars driving on the highway.
The rancher arrived quickly at the scene reportedly carrying a fire arm. And, the Idaho deputies were set to kill the animal. Yantis was called by dispatchers over an accident that involved one of the animals in his property.
But what led to the death of the well-known businessman remains unclear. We do know that the man and both deputies called to the scene fired their weapons. Yantis died instantly, and moments later the bull was put down, as well. Sheriff’ s office declined to disclose the name of the deputy who gunned down the bull.
When she heard the news, the rancher’s wife Donna had a heart attack, so she had to be immediately rushed to a hospital in Boise. As of Monday, her condition remained critical, doctors said.
The officers involved in the incident are now on paid leave. The Sheriff was saddened with the news since it is the first time the county witnesses a police shooting incident.
“This is going to be a big hit to this community. The gentleman involved, Mr. Yantis, was a well-known cattle rancher around here,”
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