Deputy Stabbed 14 times Back At Work

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The deputy stabbed more than a dozen times while on duty last year is speaking out about what happened.  In  mid-November of 2014,  investigators say Sharrinder Garcha stabbed Chippewa County deputy  William Gray 14-times. Gray eventually shot Garcha to death. The District Attorney cleared Gray last month. Jessica Bringe sat down with deputy Gray today.  She has more on his recovery, Last fall, deputies hoped Sharrinder Garcha would lead them to a runaway from Florida. He was in a car with deputy  Bill Gray on November 14th. That’s when investigators say Garcha stabbed Gray 14 times in the face, hands and neck.. Gray managed to grab his gun and shot Garcha to death.  “Mentally,  I don’t think you could ever prepare yourself for something like that, being in a small car with the individual seated next to you in the front seat stabbing you with a knife and pinning your arm down so you can’t the microphone and you can’t get to your gun.  It was the most horrifying thing I could ever imagine going through. “ Gray says while his physical wounds are healing – facing death has taken a mental toll.” I looked over and he had knife and this look on his face,  that is hard to get over. “ Gray says he’s been constantly replaying it in his mind. But he says coming back to work helps him recover – mentally.  “There’s part of me, it’s who I am and to not have that for three months was difficult.”  Lieutenant Rick Starck says it was also difficult for the department.  “It was hard for  everybody. Everybody is tight, everybody is close, good  friends  and more than just co-workers.”  While Gray says he may be a little more cautious now – he says knowing his friends are also putting their lives on the line every day makes him want to be working beside them even more. That’s the message to all my fellow law enforcement officers out there, is if something happens to you, to never, ever think that you’re out of the fight, to just continue to fight with every last ounce that you have left. Gray says he hopes to use this experience to go to technical schools or police academies  to talk about how he was able to survive. He wants to let officers to know – they’re never out of – even if the situation seems as hopeless as his felt. 

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