Idaho Man At Center Of Nurse-Police Officer Controversy In Utah Dies

Sep 27, 2017

This undated photo provided by the Rigby Police Department shows a photo of Bill Gray, front right, a semi-truck truck driver and reserve police officer.
Credit AP

Friends and family are mourning the death of an eastern Idaho man at the center of a dispute between a nurse and a police officer in Salt Lake City.

William Gray was both a truck driver and a Rigby, Idaho reserve police officer. After his truck was struck head on in a fiery crash in northern Utah late July, he was taken to University Hospital in Salt Lake.

There, a nurse refused a police request to obtain a blood sample from Gray who was unconscious and in critical condition with severe burns. The case drew national attention following the release of police body cam video of the nurse being handcuffed and arrested. Gray died late Monday.

Rigby police officer chief Sam Tower remembers him as "truly the best of mankind, always willing to help and always willing to go the extra mile." The nurse was not charged. The officers involved were found to have violated department policy. An investigation by Utah and federal officials is continuing.

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