Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
One officer dead, another wounded in Utah County
Utah, Juab counties » Suspect with a “significant criminal history” is injured in gunfight, arrested.
First Published Jan 30 2014 03:36 pm • Last Updated Feb 02 2014 09:28 pm

Spanish Fork • An "evil" ran through Utah County on Thursday afternoon leading to "a horrific set of events" that left one deputy dead, another injured and a suspect critically injured in a shootout, the county’s sheriff said.

Armed with a high powered rifle, the suspect wreaked chaos through Utah County and into Juab County before he was critically wounded in an exchange of gunfire with Juab County deputies, Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy said.

Reaction to death of Sgt. Cory Wride

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But before the suspect was brought down by deputies, 19-year veteran sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride was dead and his colleague in surgery, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Wride, a 44-year-old Benjamin resident, leaves behind a wife and five children.

The suspect, whose name was not released, had a "significant criminal history," Tracy said.

Tracy said Wride was "ambushed" about 1 p.m. as he stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of of Highway 73 between Eagle Mountain and Cedar Fort. When Wride did not radio back to dispatch at his designated time, deputies were sent to investigate and found Wride dead, Tracy said.

Wride never had a chance to exit his vehicle before he was fatally shot, Tracy said, adding that he was mystified as to what prompted the man to shoot Wride, who only stopped to help.

The suspect then took off south where he encountered a deputy who chased the suspect at high speeds into the Santaquin area, Tracy said.

The man fired at Deputy Greg Sherwood, 38, shooting him in the head.

He was in surgery Thursday night at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, but Tracy said his prognosis was good.

story continues below
story continues below

The suspect continued to flee before he crashed in the Nephi area, Tracy said. The man then attempted to hijack several vehicles — shooting his gun several times in the process — before successfully stealing one.

He then continued to flee south on Interstate 15 where he crashed the stolen vehicle and encountered Juab County deputies.

The group fired at the suspect. The man was critically wounded.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon late Thursday said a second person had been arrested in connection to the shootings, though he declined to give details.

KUTV reported Utah County investigators served a search warrant Thursday night in Draper at a residence belonging to the primary suspect.

Ultimately, Tracy said the suspect was involved in four different shooting scenes, which were all under investigation by various agencies Thursday night.

Among those was the Utah Highway Patrol, which asked anyone who might have witnessed the incident or had any information to call a tip line at 801-887-3800.

Interstate 15 northbound remained closed Thursday night, shut down between mile posts 207 and 222, south of Nephi. About 7:30 p.m., southbound lanes were reopened.

I-15 drivers were being routed through Levan. The Utah Department of Transportation have not given an estimated time for reopening the northbound lanes.

In the Eagle Mountain area, State Road 73 was closed west of Ranches Parkway and east of Eagle Mountain Boulevard, but was reopened around 8 p.m., according to UDOT.

Cory Wride was raised in American Fork, relatives said. After his grandfather died, Wride and his wife built a house on a section of his grandfather’s farm in Benjamin, where he was raising his family.

Next Page >

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.