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Deputy who shot Idaho rancher Yantis no longer has his job

Adams County Deputy Brian Wood.
Adams County Deputy Brian Wood. Provided by Idaho State Police

Brian Wood’s last day of employment with Adams County Sheriff’s Office was Wednesday, Aug. 31, according to Adams County Clerk Sherry Ward.

County representatives would not say if Wood resigned or was terminated.

“Your inquiry concerning why Mr. Wood is no longer employed at Adams County is outside the parameters of the public records law,” said Jim Davis, a Boise attorney representing Adams County.

Wood has not responded to a request for comment.

Wood had been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 1, 2015, the day he and Deputy Cody Roland shot and killed Council rancher Jack Yantis.

They shot Yantis on the highway next to his ranch as Yantis held a rifle he had brought to euthanize a bull that had been struck by a car. Prosecutors said last month that there was insufficient evidence to charge them.

The Statesman reported Aug. 17 that a group seeking justice for Yantis’ family had learned that neither deputy would return to their jobs.

Wood joined Adams County as a part-time marine deputy in June 2013. He became a full-time patrol deputy that September. Before his departure, he was paid $17.45 hourly.

Roland resigned Nov. 30, 2015, to take a seasonal job.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell

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