BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police have turned over to the state attorney general’s office the results of an investigation into the fatal shooting of a rancher by sheriff’s deputies.
Police say detectives on Thursday met with the attorney general’s office, which is acting as special prosecutor in the case.
Attorney general’s office spokesman Todd Dvorak said the office had no comment on the contents of the information and didn’t have a timeline for when a decision might be made.
“We’re going to take our time and we’re going to be thorough,” Dvorak said.
Authorities say two Adams County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed 62-year-old Jack 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.
“I commend our detectives for their dedication in completing a thorough investigation of this incident in light of the unique circumstances presented,” Idaho State Police Captain Bill Gardiner said in a statement. “We appreciate the patience displayed by the individuals involved, as well as the public during the investigation.”
Authorities in late November named the deputies involved. Cody Rolland, 38, has been a full-time deputy with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office since July. Brian Wood, 31, has been with the sheriff’s office since June 2013.
Sheriff Ryan Zollman at the time said he had been hesitant to release their names, citing concern for their safety and the need for an impartial investigation.
A spokeswoman at the sheriff’s office on Friday said the sheriff was attending an event in Boise and wasn’t available. Zollman didn’t immediately reply to an email from The Associated Press.
Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.