Provo officer ‘sacrificed his life,’ chief says at funeral
A Provo police officer fatally shot during an encounter with a wanted man had “selflessly sacrificed his life to protect the lives of his fellow officers,” the city’s police chief said Saturday during the officer’s funeral.
“In the course of trying to take the individual into custody, Officer Shinners saw one of his fellow officers in peril,” Police Chief Richard Ferguson said at the service for Master Officer Joseph Shinners. “Without reservation,” Shinners “placed himself in a position of danger in an attempt to aid another officer.”
Few specifics have been released about what happened Jan. 5 when Shinners was killed. Police have accused 40-year-old Matt Frank Hoover of shooting him.