Teen charged as adult with deputy's death

Alleged getaway driver is pregnant with dead gunman's child, friends tell police

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 4:30 p.m. MST

Investigators have said his interaction with the suspects lasted about 20 minutes before Garcia-Juaregui opened the rear window of the truck and began firing shots at Wride while he was sitting in his patrol car.

"Once the shooting begins, Ms. Grunwald accelerates away from the shooting scene, leaving Sgt. Wride fatally wounded," the warrant states.

Wride's body wasn't discovered until about 45 minutes later, at 2:06 p.m., when a deputy was sent to check on him.

Sherwood spotted the pickup truck just before 3 p.m. near Santaquin. During the ensuing chase, prosecutors say Grunwald "aggressively applied the brakes" to the pickup she was driving. With Sherwood's patrol car now within close distance, Garcia-Juaregui fired two shots from the back window. The deputy was shot once in the head and critically injured.

Coincidentally, Sherwood was released from the hospital Tuesday and came home about the same time the charges were filed. He had been hospitalized for 19 days.

"He was emotional about it. I was emotional. It's just nice to see how much support we have," Gina Sherwood, the deputy's wife, said Tuesday. "Not just from our family family, but our law enforcement family, our ward family, they've just all taken really good care of us."

After the fleeing truck's tires were spiked and it crashed in Nephi, Garcia-Juaregui carjacked a woman who was driving back from parent-teacher conferences. Grunwald, "on her own accord, follows Mr. Garcia-Juaregui after leaving the vehicle without appearing to be coerced by him," the charges state.

At one point, Grunwald actually ran ahead of her boyfriend and flagged down the vehicle that they eventually carjacked, according to charging documents.

Later, that vehicle also had its tires spiked on I-15 south of Nephi and crossed into oncoming traffic, apparently hitting a minivan on purpose. Grunwald again tried to follow Garcia-Juaregui.

"She did not attempt to go to the Juab deputies on scene or seek safety from Mr. Garcia-Juaregui," the charges state.

The actions of four Juab County deputies who shot at Garcia-Juaregui were legally justified, the Juab County attorney determined Friday, and they have been cleared to return to work.

Grunwald family

Multiple neighbors who know the Grunwald family but requested not to be identified gave similar accounts Tuesday of years of public family fights and other issues.

“I feel sorry for Meagan. She has not had a chance in life, really,” said one neighbor, who believes the girl was responsible for caring for her parents from an early age. “I feel bad this has happened with her, but I knew she was going with the wrong crowd. And she was not a follower, as they say. I believe she was a leader in it.”

Problems escalated when Garcia-Juaregui moved into the Draper home, and Jerry Grunwald told neighbors he didn’t like his daughter’s boyfriend. Neighbors could not confirm reports that Meagan Grunwald is pregnant, but one woman said Garcia-Juaregui gave the teenager a promise ring in November.

Another neighbor said that although police were frequently called to the home, little seemed to come from those visits.

“They’re basically a very, very troubled family that were sort of protected by the powers that be out here,” the woman said. “They never got the real help they needed.”

The most recent dispute at the home broke out in mid-January when Jerry Grunwald demanded Garcia-Juaregui move out, according to neighbors. Garcia-Juaregui had reportedly lived in the house about six months.

On Jan. 11, Jerry Grunwald slapped his daughter when she tried to stop him from getting to her boyfriend, and also slapped or pushed his wife, a Salt Lake County Jail report states. The women called 911, and when police attempted to place handcuffs on Grunwald, he lunged forward and tried to get away.

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