BOISE, Idaho – The Latest on the Idaho attorney general's decision not to charge deputies who shot a rancher (all times local):
Federal prosecutors say they won't pursue a criminal case against two Idaho sheriff's deputies who shot and killed an armed rancher, coming the same day the state attorney general decided not to file charges.
U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said Friday that the Nov. 1 death of Jack Yantis was a tragedy, but the evidence doesn't show the deputies intended to break the law. She says her office notified Yantis' family of the decision.
Yantis was killed after one of his bulls was hit by a car and the deputies tried to put down the animal.
Olson's office says no audio or video recordings exist though both deputies were issued body cameras. Instead, investigators relied on testimony from the deputies and two civilians.
The Idaho attorney general also announced Friday that he wouldn't pursue criminal charges.
The Idaho attorney general says there isn't enough evidence to charge two sheriff's deputies who shot and killed an armed rancher in a confrontation about putting down a bull injured in a car crash.
Family members have said the Nov. 1 shooting of 62-year-old Jack Yantis wasn't justified.
Yantis arrived with a rifle as deputies decided to shoot the animal because it was charging emergency crews. Authorities have said there was an altercation, and Yantis and two deputies all fired their weapons.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Friday that his office had finished its four-month investigation and called the shooting "tragic and unfortunate for the Yantis family and the entire community."
Authorities say no video or audio recording exists, though the deputies were wearing body cameras.