Although some are clamoring for public release of the names of two Adams County deputies involved in the fatal shooting of Council rancher Jack Yantis, the Yantis family told The Washington Post they’re leaving that issue to the investigators.
“The Yantis family discussed disclosing the names of the deputies, but chose to show respect for the investigation and the investigative law enforcement officers,” attorney Paul Winward said in a statement to the Post. “The family members trust that their act of respect will highlight the disregard and disrespect the two deputies showed toward them and toward Jack Yantis.”
Idaho State Police and the FBI are investigating the Nov. 1 shooting, which started after a station wagon hit one of Yantis’ bulls and the rancher went to the scene. Family members who were present have said the deputies shot Yantis without provocation, but investigators have said nothing about the gunfire except that both deputies and Yantis discharged their weapons. Details are not expected to be released until the investigation is complete, and no time frame has been set.
Yantis’ nephew Rowdy Paradis told the Post he knows who killed his uncle, but “we don’t want anything to get out for fear of messing up criminal cases against these two officers.”
Policies about releasing the names of officers involved in fatal shootings vary widely in the Treasure Valley and across the nation.