Provo police officer: Slain officer 'sacrificed his life'

Published 01-12-2019

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OREM, Utah (AP) - Provo's police chief says an officer fatally shot while trying to arrest a wanted man died after he "selflessly sacrificed his life to protect the lives of his fellow officers."

Police have released few specifics of what happened when Master Officer Joseph Shinners was killed the night of Jan. 5 in Orem, but Police Chief Richard Ferguson said during Shinners' funeral service that Shinners saw another officer in danger and took action while putting himself in peril.

Brother-in-law Kyle Swanson said Shinners loved taking care of others and "served his family, his friends and his community."

The service for the 29-year-old Shinners was held at Utah Valley University's arena in Orem.

Police have accused 40-year-old Matt Frank Hoover of shooting Shinners. Hoover was wounded in the encounter and remains hospitalized.

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This story has been correct to reflect that the shooting occurred Jan. 5.

This story has been correct to reflect that the shooting occurred Jan. 5.

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