Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners

Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners

Provo Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, January 5, 2019

Joseph William Shinners

Master Police Officer Joseph Shinners was shot and killed in Orem, Utah while attempting to arrest a wanted fugitive at 10:00 p.m.

Investigators had received information that the wanted subject was going to be in the area of a retail store at 50 West University Parkway, in Orem. Members of the Provo Police Department and the Orem Police Department located the subject in the parking lot and attempted to take him into custody. During the arrest the man opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Shinners. The subject was also wounded in the shootout and is in custody.

Officer Shinners was transported to Utah Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds shortly before midnight.

Officer Shinners had served with the Provo Police Department for three years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Master Police Officer. He is survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 310

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

warrant service


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief of Police Richard Ferguson
Provo Police Department
48 S 300 W
Provo, UT 84601

Phone: (801) 852-6210

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My thoughts, prayers and sincerest condolences to all the fallen officer's family and friends and all who mourn their passing.

“Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”—John 5:28, 29

Robert Young, Community Coordinator
Nashville, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator

January 21, 2019

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