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Police release new details on suspect in Utah County shooting

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - New details are emerging about the man police believe shot and killed one Utah County Sheriff's Deputy and injured another. Police are explaining how he was running from the law, and how a teenage girl was also involved.
UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - New details are emerging about the man police believe shot and killed one Utah County Sheriff's Deputy and injured another. Police are explaining how he was running from the law, and how a teenage girl was also involved.

Friday police are sharing a lot more about the man they suspect shot and killed Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride and injured Sheriff's Deputy Greg Sherwood.

"At 2:20 p.m. today Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui did pass away," said Sheriff Jim Tracy, Utah County.

Police explained after a gun battle Thursday with deputies in Juab County, Garcia-Jauregui was critically wounded, and never regained conscientious. Police said he, and a 17 year old girl, lead police on a violent chase from Eagle Mountain to Santaquin, and two areas off I-15 in Nephi.

"There were numerous shots fired at citizens form the community as well as bystanders and travelers coming into Nephi," said Chief Mike Morgan, Nephi City Police Dept.

Officers considered Garcia-Jauregui a fugitive. In 2008 he was sentenced on a charge of attempted murder, spent four and half years in prison, and had been recently paroled. But he failed to keep contact with his parole officer and just the day before a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Police believe that's why he may have opened fire on Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride, when Wride pulled over to check on his truck parked to the side of the road in Eagle Mountain.

"We're pretty sure that he became increasingly nervous that was going to be found out through Sgt. Wride’s efforts on the computer," said Tracy.

That doesn't mean police are ruling out the girl who was with Garcia-Jauregui, during the entire ordeal, may have pulled the trigger.

"The evidence that we have up in Utah County, we need a little clarification through digital enhancement which will clear up the video, the actual feed and the pictures and determine who was where and what position in our county," said Tracy.

That girl is now in police custody as a person of interest. At this point, they're still trying to determine was she there voluntarily? Or was she being held against her will?

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