End of Watch:
January 30, 2014
Utah County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Cory B. Wride was shot and killed while assisting a stranded motorist.
After encountering a pickup truck with flashing blinkers at the side of State Road 73 between Eagle Mountain and Cedar Fort, Sergeant Wride radioed dispatch to advise that he was pulling over to assist.
During the stop, Sergeant Wride returned to his patrol vehicle for some paperwork. The passenger in the suspect vehicle opened the back window of the truck and fired on Sergeant Wride with a 9mm handgun, killing him. The suspects fled the scene and were encountered again in Santaquin, where a second deputy was wounded. The suspects fled south on I-15 and carjacked a vehicle in Nephi. At a roadblock set up by Juab County deputies, the suspect was shot and critically wounded. He died the following day. The driver of the car, a 17-year-old girl, was sentenced to prison.
Married and the father of five children, Sergeant Wride had served with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years.
The bronze memorial name plaque of Sergeant Cory B. Wride is sponsored by the Utah County Sheriff’s Honorary Colonels.