Sergeant Cory Blake Wride

Sergeant Cory Blake Wride

Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Cory Blake Wride

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.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 1J150
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed


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God must have had a reason for you to jump on my heart today. I’ve got a photo of Lane Critzer, you, me and the entire K9 Team doing training years ago. You’re standing right next to me. The world lost a great man when you were called home. I see your family posting on here and admire their love and strength for you. From what I’ve read you had a relationship that means you’re waiting for all of us. I hope I get to see you again up there. Until then prayers for all your beautiful family and your LE family. You’re missed but will never be forgotten. Rest easy brother and watch over those left here working the streets. With much respect and love.

Darron Sparks Chief of Police Ret.
Anderson Indiana Police Department

January 31, 2024

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