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Sergeant Cory B. Wride | Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah


Cory B. Wride

Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 1J150

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Cory Wride was shot and killed from ambush while checking on what he believed was an abandoned vehicle on Highway 73, near Eagle Mountain.

A subject near the scene opened fire with a high-powered rifle, fatally wounding Sergeant Wride before he was able to exit his patrol car. Sergeant Wride had given dispatchers a description of the car before he was shot and another deputy spotted it a short time later.

The driver of the suspect vehicle led the deputy on a pursuit and the occupant opened fire on him, striking him in the head, and then continued to flee. He then carjacked another vehicle in the Nephi area. He again continued to flee until crashing on I-15 after encountering Juab County deputies. He was critically wounded after engaging the deputies in a shootout and later died of his wounds.

The subject's juvenile girlfriend was arrested following the pursuit. She was charged as an adult with aggravated murder and several other charges.

Sergeant Wride was a Utah National Guard veteran and had served with the Utah County Sheriff's Office for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and five children, and is buried in Spanish Fork City Cemetery at Spanish Fork, Utah.

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I'll never forget when this happened. About a week prior to this tragic event, my father and I were out rabbit hunting in the West Desert. I remember we passed a Utah County Sheriff's truck, both of us driving different ways. I'll never know if it was Sgt. Wride or not, but I like to think that it was, doing what he loved, keeping the people safe in that remote area of Utah County. My best friend was dispatching when this took place, and the number of officers who responded from multiple agencies shows how strong and unbreakable the bond is between brothers in law enforcement. May you forever Rest in Peace, God has special places in Heaven for those killed in the line of duty.

Jake Honeycutt
Thankful resident of Orem, UT
September 9, 2015


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