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Idaho cattle rancher killed in gunfire exchange with sheriff’s deputies

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 2, 2015

A 62-year-old Idaho cattle rancher died after he exchanged gunfire with local sheriff’s deputies Sunday night.

The shooting followed a collision between a bull belonging to the rancher and a car carrying two passengers north of Council, Idaho, just before 7 p.m., according to the Idaho State Police.

Two passengers in a Subaru station wagon were injured in the collision on a two-lane stretch of U.S. Highway 95, the ISP reported in a news release. Adams County, Idaho, deputies were dispatched to the scene. Deputies began removing the injured passengers from the car when the injured bull began charging emergency personnel and cars, according to the news release.

The bull’s owner, identified as Jack Yantis by the ISP, arrived on scene with a rifle. Deputies intended to euthanize the injured bull, the ISP said. Instead, gunfire was exchanged between two deputies and Yantis.

Yantis was declared dead at the scene. One deputy received minor wounds, but details of what caused his injuries were not immediately released.

The Idaho Statesman reported that Yantis’ wife was taken to a Boise hospital after suffering a heart attack. She was listed in critical condition Monday, according to the Statesman.

The Adams County sheriff’s deputies have not been named. They have been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the news release.

Sheriff Adam Zollman said the bull also was killed in the incident. The injured deputy was treated and released, Zollman said.

U.S. 95 was closed for eight hours while the ISP conducted its investigation.

The motorists injured in the collision were airlifted to a hospital in Boise. Their conditions were not immediately available.

“Our thoughts are with our community and especially all those involved in this incident,” Zollman said in a statement.

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