A fatal shooting occurred Monday after an altercation between an Idaho rancher and two deputies due to a crash between a vehicle and a rogue bull on the highway, reports KTVB.
The bull in question, owned by 62-year-old rancher Jack Yantis, was hit by a Subaru station wagon with two people inside; while emergency responders attempted to extricate the people from the car, the bull started showing aggression towards the responders and surrounding vehicles. "The bull was very agitated and was aggressive to emergency services, as well as the other cars coming up and down the highway," Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman told KTVB.
The authorities were going to euthanize the bull when its owner Yantis arrived with a shotgun, having been notified by dispatchers. The shooting that occurred next is still under investigation, but Yantis was fatally wounded and died at the scene and one of the deputies had a minor injury. The two deputies involved in the shooting are now on paid leave during the investigation, reports KTVB.
"It's not uncommon for us to have these kind of livestock versus vehicle accidents," Zollman told KTVB. "Typically they don't turn out this way."