Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners

Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners

Provo Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, January 5, 2019

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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 3310

Incident Details

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

warrant service

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Joe I will never forget the first day I met you, you were 6 yrs old. You were very shy but it only took a few days and you and I became best friends! Of course feeding you yummy dinners and cookies for desert always helped, lol!! We had lots of fun camping, on the CarolynKay boating, and watching you wheel Barkley(dog) around in the cul-de-sac in the stroller all dressed up in a bonnet strapped in I will forever have that memory etched in my mind!! When your Dad & I got married and you were in the wedding I will never forget when you said to me “your not my mom, but I love you like one tho” I forever will have you in my heart you were a son to be proud of!! I am proud you are my Best Friend Forever!! Till we meet again......

Mrs Cindy Shinners
Step Mom

January 10, 2020

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