A Sergeant with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was killed when suspect opened fire. A Deputy was also shot and is hospitalized. The suspect was shot by Juab County Sheriff's Deputies and arrested.
On January 30, 2014, at about 1:00 P.M., Sergeant Cory Wride, with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, stopped on SR-73 near mile marker 31 to help someone in what appeared to be a disabled vehicle. A short time later dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District were unable to reach Sergeant Wride and Deputies responded and discovered he was still in his patrol vehicle and had been shot. Sergeant Wride died at the scene.
Investigators were able to get a description of a possible suspect vehicle and agencies throughout Utah County and surrounding counties. At about 2:51 P.M. a Deputy with the Utah County Sheriff's Office located the suspect vehicle in Santaquin and pursued. During the course of the pursuit a suspect fired shots at the pursuing Deputy and struck the Deputy in the head. That Deputy is hospitalized and has undergone surgery and is expected to recover.
The suspect fled into Juab County and in Nephi he tried to hijack several different vehicles. The suspect did hijack another car and fled south on I-15 through Juab County. At about 3:20 P.M. the suspect crossed through the median, in front of north bound traffic, and ended up against a fence. Juab County Sheriff's Deputies arrived there and the suspect fired shots at them. Juab County Deputies returned fire, hit the suspect, and were able to take him into custody.
Deputy Greg Sherwood, age 38, was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo where he underwent surgery. He is in ICU in critical condition. Deputy Sherwood is a 13 year veteran of law enforcement, having worked for Springville Police, Spanish Fork Police, and for the last 2 years with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, where he is a K9 Handler assigned to the Patrol Division.
The suspect, who is not yet being identified, was also taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where he also underwent surgery. He is also expected to survive.
This is a very broad investigation with many different agencies involved. There are no additional details at this time but they will be released as they become available. For other questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912