FBI investigating after Idaho deputies shoot, kill rancher

AP News
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:42 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched an investigation into the death of an Idaho rancher who was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies after one of his bulls was hit by a car and charged emergency crews.

Idaho State Police say Jack Yantis died Nov. 1 after an altercation with two Adams County deputies on a highway. The deputies planned to shoot the injured animal when the 62-year-old rancher arrived with a rifle. Investigators say all of them fired their weapons.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson says the FBI's investigation is separate from the one by state police. Olson says federal authorities are involved because of allegations the deputies used excessive force, which would violate U.S. laws.

The Idaho attorney general and the U.S. Attorney's Office would independently decide whether to file charges.