(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has completed his review of the officer involved shooting in Adams County and determined that no criminal charges will be filed against two sheriff deputies under investigation.
The review focused on the death of Jack Yantis, 62, of Council, who was fatally shot during a November 1, 2015 encounter with Adams County Sheriff Deputies Cody Roland and Brian Wood.
After reviewing more than 5,000 pages of reports, lab results, witness statements and other materials, Wasden said the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt of the two deputies. Wasden said his decision is limited to the very narrow focus of a criminal prosecution.
“There is no other way to describe what happened that day as anything but tragic and unfortunate for the Yantis family and the entire community,” Attorney General Wasden said. “It is my hope that in the weeks and months ahead, the community can heal and rebuild trust.”
In conjunction with this announcement, Wasden is making public the investigative file compiled by the Idaho State Police and prosecutors in the Attorney General’s Criminal Division.
Wasden is also making public the decision letter sent Friday to the Adams County Prosecutor and attorneys for the Yantis family. The public can view the letter and investigative file on the Attorney General’s website.
“I also want to thank investigators at Idaho State Police as well as members of my staff for an investigation that was thorough and professional,” Wasden said.
For media, there are two documents attached to this press release.
The Attorney General will hold a media briefing Friday at 10:30 a.m. in his office. Please call 334-4119 for details.
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