Police release details, name of man killed during Saturday fight in Ogden

Tuesday , October 31, 2017 - 4:06 PM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Although the incident is still under investigation, police were able to release new details Tuesday regarding a “suspicious unattended death” at a Halloween party Saturday in Ogden.

Capt. Danielle Croyle of the Ogden Police Department said the incident began with a car that stopped near 684 24th St. to allow pedestrians to use a crosswalk. A vehicle behind the stopped car became impatient, tried to pass the stopped car and nearly hit the pedestrians, Croyle said.

As the impatient vehicle drove away, a bystander appeared to throw something at the vehicle, which led to the occupants of the vehicle turning the car around and approaching the pedestrians. When the occupants of the vehicle approached the pedestrians, a fight broke out, Croyle said. 

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After police arrived and the dust settled, William Torrence, 36, was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to a press release from OPD.

OPD Lt. Tim Scott said Tuesday afternoon major crimes detectives traveled to Salt Lake City to observe the autopsy Monday, and said they did not find any immediate signs of homicide-related injuries.

However, investigators have not ruled out the possibility of Torrence’s death being a homicide, Scott said. Police are waiting for the full autopsy report and toxicology reports to come back before they draw a final conclusion, Scott said.

Investigators are also looking into the man’s medical history to see if preexisting conditions could have played a role in the man’s death, Scott said. 

Croyle and Scott said it was not immediately known what was Torrence’s cause of death. 

The investigation regarding the incident is open and ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon, there have been more than 30 witnesses interviewed regarding the fight, Croyle said.

If you or someone you know may have witnessed something that may assist in the investigation, contact OPD Det. Larry Lewis by phone at 801-629-8438 or by email at detectives@ogdencity.com.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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