In Memoriam Officer Joseph Shinners


Chief Richard Ferguson of the Provo Police Department in Utah sadly reports the death of Officer Joseph Shinners.

Officer Shinners, 29, was shot and killed during the arrest of a subject wanted on an outstanding warrant in a nearby city of Orem. Other investigators advised Shinners that the suspect was going to be near a Bed Bath & Beyond retail store.

Officers located the suspect in the parking lot of the business and approached him advising he was under arrest and their intent to take him into custody. During the arrest, the suspect broke free from the officers, brandished a handgun and fired upon the officers.

Shinners was critically wounded by the suspect’s gunfire, but was still able to return fire upon the suspect wounding him. Shinners was transported to Utah Valley Medical Center where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds.

Detectives from the Orem Police Department are conducting the investigation. The Utah County Sheriff’s Department and their Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team will conduct a parallel investigation.

“Joe Shinners was intelligent. He was honorable. He was hardworking,” Chief Ferguson said Sunday, later adding, “He is the officer who you would want to show up at your door in your biggest crucible moment.”

Joseph Shinners served the Provo Police Department for three years and was assigned to the patrol division. He served as a field training officer, bicycle patrol and a SWAT team member. His wife and one year old son survive him.

Officer Joseph Shinners is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Saturday, January 5, 2019.

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