Update on Yantis Investigation in Adams County
MERIDIAN, Idaho (News Release) – On Nov. 1, 2015 the Adams County Sheriff's Office requested the Idaho State Police investigate a shooting involving two deputies. The incident occurred after a vehicle crash on US 95 involving a bull owned by local rancher, Jack Yantis, 62, of Council. During the incident Yantis was fatally shot.
Idaho State Police detectives have worked diligently on this investigation over the course of the past four months and in the coming days will be handing the results of the investigation over to the Idaho Attorney General's Office, which is acting as the special prosecutor in this case.
"We want the individuals, families and community to know that this investigation has been at the top of our priority list and we are eager for its conclusion," said Capt. Bill Gardiner. "As with all investigations, the work must be thoroughly and accurately completed. We appreciate the patience displayed by all involved."
Over the course of the investigation ISP detectives have interviewed 42 people. Many of these individuals were interviewed multiple times. Detectives gathered and comprehensively examined all evidence available at the scene of the incident.
The 28 items of evidence collected were sent to four different laboratories for forensic analysis. There are still two reports from forensic laboratories that detectives are waiting on to close the investigation. ISP has been informed that the analysis by both labs is complete and that the reports will arrive at any time, however a firm date has not been provided.
When the final two reports are received, ISP will officially turn the case over to the Attorney General's Office. ISP has worked with the AG's Office during the course of the investigation in an effort to speed the investigation along as quickly as possible.
ISP will inform the public when its investigation has concluded.