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Sheriff says not an 'ambush' that killed his deputy

SPANISH FORK (ABC 4 Utah) - The identity of the man involved in a officer shooting was revealed by the Utah County sheriff.
José Angel Garcia Juaregui suspected of killing one deputy and injuring another.
José Angel Garcia Juaregui suspected of killing one deputy and injuring another.
SPANISH FORK Utah (ABC 4 Utah) –Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy now says it was not an ambush that caused the death of one of his deputies.
Thursday, Sgt. Cory Wride was gunned down in his vehicle after making a routine stop.

The suspect arrested is 27-year-old José Angel Garcia Juaregui. Also arrested was a female minor.
The sheriff in a Friday news conference also said the second deputy shot Greg Sherwood is expected to make a full recovery.

“His prognosis still seems to be very good and he was conscious and talking last night,” the sheriff told reporters.

Tray says Wride actually walked up to the side of Juaregui’s vehicle was was parked on the side of the road. He says Wride got their information and returned to his vehicle and for the next twenty minutes was doing a background check.
The sheriff says Wride’s dash-camera was recording the incident.

“The suspect opened the rear view, the rear port window that is about 12-14 inches wide and proceeded to shoot out of the window out of the suspect’s car hitting Cory Wride two times,” the sheriff says.

Wride died at the scene while the two suspects took off. The sheriff is not sure who did the shooting. He also says it was a handgun, not a rifle used by the suspect.

In Santaquin the sheriff says Deputy Greg Sherwood was hit while chasing down the suspect’s pickup truck on Main Street.

“Again the suspect opened the back rear window from the back of the pickup and started shooting at Deputy Sherwood and he was hit,” says the sheriff.

Sgt Wride leaves behind a wife and five children. His brother-in-law called the shooting senseless.

“We’re struggling with this, says Johnny Revill. “We’re asking a lot of questions as to why this has to happen to Cory, to Nan (wife), to the family.”

Revill says Wride’s funeral is still in the planning stages. Wride was raised in the Benjamin community west of Spanish Fork. Flowers and ribbon were placed outside the home. In Benjamin, flags dotted the street outside of Wride’s LDS ward house.

“This community will be there for his and his family,” says longtime resident Glen Hawkins.

Revill says the family is in seclusion and sheriff deputies are parked outside the home to keep the public away.

“We want you to know as a family, we know and we’re comforted in knowing that we will see Cory again,” says Revill.

A trust fund has been set up for the Cory Wride family. Visit the website www.giveforward.com and follow the link to the Wride family.
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