During an interview on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Kaylyn Shinners holds her son Colton, as she talks about her late husband, Provo police officer Joseph Shinners, who was killed in the line of duty Jan. 5, 2019. Shinners learned she was pregnant with Colton just three days after her husband died. | Aubrey Schafer, Deseret News
‘It’s a big deal’: Kaylyn Shinners hopes to be in D.C. for memorial
SALT LAKE CITY — Little Colton Shinners may not have had the chance to meet his father, slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners, but that doesn’t mean he won’t know him.
“I try to talk about him everyday. He’s just a part of our everyday lives,” Shinners’ widow, Kaylyn Shinners, told the Deseret News on Tuesday.
Joseph Shinners, 29, was with a group of Provo and Orem officers who were attempting to arrest a man in a pickup truck on Jan. 5 in the parking lot at Bed Bath and Beyond, 50 W. University Parkway in Orem. The man had two warrants out for his arrest and had allegedly made threatening comments toward police that he did not want to go back to jail.
As Shinners tried to get the man out of the truck, a shot was fired, striking Shinners in an area not protected by his bulletproof vest. The injury would prove to be fatal. Shinners was the first Provo officer killed in the line of duty in more than 100 years.
Provo Police Department
Provo police officer Joseph Shinners was shot in Orem late Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, while responding to a report of a wanted fugitive. He later died at Utah Valley Hospital.
Three days after his funeral, Kaylyn Shinners learned that she was pregnant with their second child.
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