Provo of­fi­cer ‘sac­ri­ficed his life,’ chief says at fu­neral

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION -

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.

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