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Sergeant Cory Blake Wride | Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah

Sergeant

Cory Blake 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 17-year-old girlfriend was arrested following the pursuit. She was charged as an adult with aggravated murder and several other charges. On July 8, 2015, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years to life with the possibility of parole. The earliest she can be released is 2044.

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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To Mrs Cory Blake Wride, my thoughts are with you as I am working on the road at 3:45 am and came across this terrible story. The love you shared with your husband is one few people ever experience and for that I know you are truly blessed. Reflect on his love for you and your family but don't let it consume you. Cherish your life and forever hold on to your wonderful memories and live. That's assuredly how he would want it under these horrific circumstances. I hope the brotherhood is still with you in times of need. Please reach out to them whenever necessary. So sorry for your loss that few could ever imagine. A fellow officer from New England.

Det Lt
PD
April 1, 2017

 

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