The Idaho Attorney General and Idaho State Police on Friday morning released hundreds of pages of documents as well as photos, videos and audio recordings of the November 2015 night that two Adams County deputies shot rancher Jack Yantis.
Called to the scene by first responders to deal with an injured bull, Yantis was shot by deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland after he walked down his driveway with a rifle to shoot the bull.
The records include the conflicting accounts of Deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland and Yantis’ wife and nephew.
Audio recordings from 911 on the night of the shooting
Deputies and eyewitnesses tell investigators what happened:
Excerpt from summary of Brian Wood interview:
“He did not think Yantis was going to shoot him but it was really weird and he did not know. He yelled at Yantis ‘Point that rifle down.’ Yantis did not. ... Yantis took his rifle and shoved it forward in the direction of Roland directly towards Roland’s chest. He started bringing his rifle up and before he got his rifle anywhere near Yantis’ chest, he heard a gunshot. His belief at the time was it was Yantis’ rifle that went off because of the motion he saw Yantis make. He began firing into Yantis as fast as he could. He then heard more shots which he believed were from Roland. ... Yantis ended up falling and holding the rifle the whole time as he fell.”
Excerpt from summary of Cody Roland interview:
“He thought he might be way off but he estimated he fired three or four rounds. ... Yantis pulled up and fired from the hip. By the time Yantis was facing (Roland), he did not know how far he had drawn his pistol but it was almost simultaneous. ... He remembered after the first shot Yantis was fidgeting with the gun. The last shot he fired, he remembered the rifle barrel went back down and Yantis started going backwards, back and to Yantis’ right. When Yantis’ gun barrel went down he stopped firing.”
Excerpt from summary of Donna Yantis interview:
“When (Donna Yantis) got there, the bull was laying on the road. She handed Jack his gun and Jack checked it to get it ready to put the bull out of its misery. Jack walked up by the bull and she stepped back to get out of the way. ... Jack walked up to the bull to put the shot behind the ear and the officer came up, grabbed Jack’s arm and jerked him back almost off his feet and back across to the other side of the highway and then the cop closest to her pulled his gun and opened fire. Jack fell down, then the officer turned and pointed his gun at her and told her to get on the ground and handcuffed her.
Excerpt from summary of Rowdy Paradis interview:
“Paradis advised that from the time the deputy grabbed Jack until the time the deputy pushed away from Jack, Jack never had his feet under him. Jack’s hands never left the rifle and Jack did a better job than he would have controlling the rifle. Jack kept the rifle down and across his body the whole time. ... (Paradis) advised that Jack was stumbling when the officers started shooting. Jack turned to his left and fell into the southbound lane. Paradis advised he observed the officer fire the last round at Jack while Jack was laying on the ground and not moving. Paradis remembered seeing the sparks come off the pavement.”
The Adams County Coroner report on the autopsy of Jack Yantis:
“This 62-year-old male was in a confrontation with law enforcement when he was shot multiple times. There were multiple gunshots of both upper extremities and abdomen with multiple fractures and injury to the abdominal viscera, but no internal organs were involved. The gunshot wound to the right side of the chest was the fatal wound, with the bullet passing through both lungs and completely fragmenting the aorta. No other significant injuries were found to the body. The cause of death will be listed as a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest, with the manner of death to be determined by the Adams County Coroner.”