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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Adams County officials say there will not be a community meeting about the November shooting death of a rancher.

Sheriff Ryan Zollman had said both at a community meeting in the fall and more recently on July 29 that he planned to hold a public forum about the death of Jack Yantis. But Monday, Zollman said that meeting would not take place, The Idaho Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/2aJb4OC ).

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced last month there is not enough evidence to charge the two deputies involved in the November fatal shooting of Yantis, 62, who was killed after one of his bulls was hit by a car.

Yantis arrived with a rifle just as deputies decided to put down the animal. Authorities have said there was an altercation, and Yantis and the two deputies all fired their weapons.

Zollman said officials with the county insurer have asked him not to talk about the Yantis case.

"Everything is online where you can see it — it was released to the public," Zollman said. "There's nothing I can tell people that's not already accessible to them."

The Yantis family has field a tort claim against Adams County, Zollman and the two deputies involved in the shooting.

Several lawyers associated with the group Justice for Jack are reviewing the documents, according to Michael McLaughlin, administrator for the group's Facebook page. McLaughlin said the group, which has about 2,500 members, respects the decision of state and federal prosecutors even though they don't agree with it.

"But we're certainly not stopping there. This is obviously going to civil court," he said. "We're pushing forward."

Zollman said both deputies have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting but that they want to return to work. He said that decision has not yet been made.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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