Utah LEO fatally shot while attempting to arrest fugitive

Officer Joseph Shinners was fatally shot while trying to arrest a “dangerous fugitive”

Duty Death: Officer Joseph Shinners - [Provo, Utah]

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By PoliceOne Staff

PROVO, Utah — An officer was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a fugitive.

Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners, 29, was shot Saturday night while trying to arrest a “dangerous fugitive” near a Bed Bath and Beyond 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Fox News reports. 

According to investigators, Shinners appeared to be able to return fire and hit the suspect. The suspect, a 40-year-old possibly homeless man, had recently made threats of violence against police officers at least once.

Shinners was rushed to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The suspect remained under guard at a hospital in stable condition.

"Joe Shinners was intelligent, he was honorable, he was hard-working, he was decent in every single way and he exemplified the nobility of policing," Provo Police Chief Rich Ferguson said. "He was the very best of the Provo Police Department.”

The officer left behind a wife and son.


"Joseph Shinners is the officer you would want to show up on your doorstep in your crucible moment." - Police Chief Rich Ferguson Rest in peace JoJo. We will take it from here.

Posted by Provo Police Department on Sunday, January 6, 2019


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