We are once again heartbroken as we share news of the death of Provo Master Police Officer Joseph Shinners. Master Officer Shinners was shot and killed in Orem, Utah while attempting to arrest a wanted fugitive. Investigators had received information that the wanted subject was going to be in the area of a retail store. Members of the Provo Police Department and the Orem Police Department located the subject in the parking lot and attempted to take him into custody. During the arrest a shootout ensued, resulting in fatal injuries to Master Officer Shinners. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds shortly before midnight.
Master Officer Shinners had served with the Provo Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and 1-year-old son.
We will be reaching out to Master Officer Shinners’s family through the Provo Police Department to provide immediate financial assistance as part of our Fallen Officers Program, and helping to share the news of any public events in Master Officer Shinners’s honor in accordance with his family’s wishes. For ongoing news coverage, please use the following links: