OREM — A man with a lengthy criminal history will now potentially face a charge of capital murder for the shooting death of a Provo police officer, investigators say.

Matt Frank Hoover, 40, is suspected of shooting Provo police officer Joseph Shinners, 29. Hoover was last known to live in the Fillmore area, but had recently been staying at various locations throughout Utah and Salt Lake counties, according to police.

Hoover has an extensive criminal history of mostly drug-related crimes, according to court records.

In 2017, he was convicted of drug distribution. In January of 2018 he was sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating his probation. During a progress report in drug court in April, Hoover was found to be non-compliant, court records state.

He was determined to be “clean and compliant” in June, but just a month later, on July 11, a warrant was issued for his arrest for missing a mandatory court appearance.

Another warrant was issued for his arrest on Oct. 5 for failing to comply with the terms of his probation on a conviction of felony joy riding.

Hoover’s criminal record dates back to at least 1997. Over the past 20 years, he has been convicted of felony drug possession, attempted forgery, retail theft, failing to respond to an officer’s commands, theft and burglary, court records indicate.

Orem police say he now faces potential charges of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and drug possession.

Saturday night, Orem and Provo police officers responded to the parking lot of Bed Bath and Beyond, 50 W. University Parkway in Orem, after apparently learning that Hoover was there. Police say Hoover had made recent threats against officers.

A witness recorded cellphone video of the confrontation. In the video, officers can be seen on both sides of Hoover’s pickup truck. …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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