January 5, 2019
Provo Police Department
On January 5, 2019, Provo and Orem Police Officers were arresting a dangerous fugitive, who had previously made threats towards police officers. During the arrest, Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners was shot. Fellow officers transported Officer Shinners to the Utah Valley Hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Shinners served with the Provo Police Department for three years. He served as a patrol officer and was a SWAT team member and Field Training Officer. Provo Police Chief Ferguson posthumously promoted Officer Shinners to Master Officer.
Officer Shinners is survived by his wife and their young son. Officer Shinners comes from a public safety family as his father is a retired firefighter and his brother is a police officer.
Officer Shinners memorial plaque is sponsored by the Provo Police Department.