OREM — The last thing he did before going to work that night was cuddle his 1-year-old son to sleep.
“It was the same thing he did every night,” Kaylyn Shinners said at her husband’s funeral on Saturday. Provo police officer Joseph Shinners was shot and killed while apprehending an armed fugitive during his usual overnight shift on Jan. 5.
It “was the day we all dreaded would come,” Provo Police Chief Richard Ferguson said. Joseph Shinners, he said, put himself between a wanted and known dangerous fugitive and another officer when he saw there was a threat.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Provo Police Chief Rich Ferguson gets emotional as he talks with the media prior to funeral services for slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners at the UCCU Center in Orem on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.
“He selfishly sacrificed his life to protect the lives of his fellow officers,” Ferguson said. “He was lost at the hands of evil.”
Hundreds of uniformed officers, including many from outside of Utah, attended the funeral held at the Utah Community Credit Union Center at Utah Valley University to honor the life of 29-year-old Shinners, a three-year veteran at the Provo Police Department.
“He was the very best kind of police officer,” Ferguson said, adding that Shinners was “a high-speed and low-drag kind of cop.”
“He was always happy, energetic and excited about being a Provo police officer,” the chief said. “He loved life.”
Ferguson promised Kaylyn Shinners that her husband “will not be forgotten and justice will be pursued for his death.”
The man in custody in connection with the shooting, Matt Frank Hoover, 40, has a lengthy criminal history and may face aggravated murder charges. According to police reports, the two each fired a shot, with Hoover being hospitalized with minor injuries.
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