In an effort to ensure that the memory of Master Officer Joseph Shinners lives on- Action Target has created a scholarship in partnership with the UVU Police Academy to donate 1 spot each year to attend the annual Law Enforcement Training Camp with officers from all over the country.
Beginning in 2019 and with no end in sight, an officer will attend this training at no cost in memory of and to honor Master Officer Joseph Shinners.
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.