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Local Agencies Send Condolences to Family of Slain Officer

Published on January 31, 2014 at 10:27AM

Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis and the Salina City Police Department issued statements on their Facebook pages Thursday following the death of a fellow Utah officer and critical injuries to another. Sheriff Curtis stated in a post that “My heart goes out to the families of those affected in today’s tragedies. May you find peace in knowing your loved ones were and are men of honor. Evil may have taken one of the good men, but in the end, evil did not prevail.” The Salina City Police Department issued a similar statement that read “We are saddened and perplexed by the senseless acts of violence that occurred today in Utah County that took the life of our brother in blue, Sergeant Cory Wride, and severely injured Deputy Greg Sherwood. To the families of both of these fine men, we offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers.”

Thursday afternoon Sgt. Cory Wride was ambushed in Eagle Mountain after he stopped to check on a parked vehicle. He was fatally shot before he exited his vehicle. The suspect then fled and was spotted again in Santaquin by Deputy Greg Sherwood, who was also shot in the head after trying to stop the suspect. Sherwood was listed in critical condition Thursday night after surgery at Utah Valley Medical Center.

The suspect continued to flee after hijacking another vehicle in Nephi, and was finally apprehended when he crashed the stolen vehicle and was shot by deputies following another shootout on I-15 that closed both lanes south of Nephi. The suspect, who’s name has not been released, was critically wounded. The crime spree is still under investigation by multiple agencies. The Utah Highway Patrol has asked anyone who might have witnessed any of the incidents or have any information to call police.