Idaho State Police, Yantis family lawyers seek witnesses to Adams County shooting

The two Adams County deputies involved in the shooting of Jack Yantis are on paid leave pending an Idaho State Police investigation into the Nov. 1 fatality.

“ISP reassures those involved in this incident, their families and the public at largethat they are committed to complete a thorough investigation into this incident to determine exactly what transpired,” spokeswoman Teresa Baker said in a news release last week.

“ISP detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and are methodically examining each piece of evidence. Physical evidence will be sent to forensic labs for analysis in hopes of revealing further facts that will help piece together the events that unfolded that night.”

ISP will submit its findings to a prosecutor, who then will decide whether to bring charges against either deputy.

Rowdy Paradis said he has already met with an ISP detective and will meet with him again soon.

“Outside of Jeff Brown with Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police were the first people to treat any of us as humans, let alone victims,” Paradis said. “(The detective) has been very comforting to talk to.”

ISP asks anyone who witnessed the events leading up to or occurring after the shooting to contact them at (208) 884-7110.

The Yantises’ attorneys, Treasure Valley lawyers Matthew Taylor and Paul Winward, also say they want to hear from witnesses or anyone with information about the shooting. Contact them via email at yantis@taylorlawoffices.com.

"Several of the residents of Adams County have complained to us that the death of Jack is the tragic result of a much bigger problem and pattern of abuse in Adams County."

Matthew Taylor, lawyer for Yantis family

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell