Loved ones say they were finishing dinner at around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the home of 62-year-old Jack Yantis off U.S. Hwy 95, 6 miles north of Council, when they received a call from police saying that one of the ranchers bulls had just been hit by a car and needed to be tended to.
After responding to the scene, Jack found one of his 2,500-pound black Gelbvieh bulls, that had one of its rear legs smashed by a collision with a station wagon. The bull reportedly started charging people at the crash site but had made its way back home where it was lying in the grass, family say.
At this point, family say Jack told his nephew Rowdy Paradis to grab a rifle, a front-end loader, and a chain so that he could put the animal down – a common occurrence on the open rural range – prompting him to ask his aunt (Jack’s wife Donna) to get a .204-caliber rifle and bring it down to them.
As Paradis was retrieving the loader, that’s when he says deputies began opening fire on the bull with multiple weapons including at least one semiautomatic AR-15.