Friday, August 19, 2016

Idaho deputies who shot rancher Yantis reportedly won’t return to jobs

Two Adams County sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed a rancher last fall will not be back with the force, two leaders of a group seeking justice for the rancher’s family said Wednesday. State and federal prosecutors decided last month not to prosecute the deputies, Brian Wood and Cody Roland, saying there was not enough evidence to support state homicide charges or federal civil rights charges. The deputies say they shot Jack Yantis after he pointed a rifle at them and refused their commands to point it downward. Yantis had been summoned to the highway to euthanize one of his bulls, which had been hit by a car. Becca Barrow and Mike McLaughlin, co-founders of a group called Justice for Jack and friends of the Yantis family, said they had learned from multiple sources that Wood and Roland would not return to work. Sheriff Ryan Zollman first would not confirm that on Wednesday, but later did confirm that Roland, in fact, resigned at the end of November. A lawyer for the county, Boise attorney Jim Davis, said a statement would be forthcoming. As of Wednesday evening, no statement had been issued...more

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