Two deputies in Idaho killed a cattle rancher after a dispute over an injured bull on Sunday, authorities say. The bizarre case unfolded after rancher Jack Yantis, 62, received a call that one of his bulls had gotten loose near Council, a town of 800 north of Boise, and was hit by a station wagon, report KTVB and CBS News. Police say the deputies were preparing to shoot the animal—which they say had begun charging passing cars and emergency responders working to free the crash victims—when Yantis arrived with a rifle. Authorities say both deputies and Yantis fired their weapons after a scuffle, per the New York Daily News. One deputy suffered minor injuries, while Yantis died at the scene. The bull was hit by a stray bullet and also died, police say.
To add to the tragedy, authorities say Yantis' wife suffered a heart attack after learning of her husband's death and was listed in critical condition at a hospital on Monday. "This is going to be a big hit to this community," the Adams County sheriff says. Yantis "was a well-known cattle rancher around here" and "to the best of my knowledge, this is the first officer-involved shooting that Adams County has ever had." Both deputies, whose names have not been released, have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, reports the Idaho Statesman. The initial crash victims were airlifted to a hospital in Boise. Their conditions are not known. (Read more Idaho stories.)