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Orem police ask for information from witnesses of fatal officer shooting

By Carter Williams, KSL.com and Sam Penrod, KSL TV, KSL.com | Updated - Jan 8th, 2019 @ 6:55pm | Posted - Jan 8th, 2019 @ 10:14am


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SALT LAKE CITY — As Orem police continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of a Provo police officer, asking for more witnesses to come forward, the officer's loved ones are doing their best to remember the good times.

Provo and Orem police were serving an arrest warrant for Matthew Frank Hoover, 40, near the Bed Bath and Beyond located at 50 W. University Parkway in Orem shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, Orem Police Lt. Trent Colledge said Monday. Provo police officer Joseph Shinners, 29, was shot during that arrest attempt and later died at a hospital.

Orem police, who have been tasked with investigating the fatal shooting, said they have already interviewed some witnesses to the shooting; however, they asked for more in a Facebook post Tuesday.

"We understand that many people saw a lot of cop cars and flashing lights but we are only looking for those who had a closer view or heard specific things being shouted," police wrote in the post.

Meanwhile, Ryan Swanson, Shinners' father-in-law, spoke with KSL Tuesday to offer his family’s appreciation to the community for all of the support being shown to them.

“The outpouring has been wonderful. My daughter’s been touched many, many times,” Swanson said. “Her emotions are up and down: One minute she’s ... trying to laugh and tell a story and remember him, and the next minute she recognizes he is not going to be there anymore; and it is hard on her. But she’s a strong person. She says, ‘I don’t know what that means, dad,’ and I just tell her, ‘It’s doing all you can to care of your boy and be the best person you can be.’”


The hardest thing for me to do is see my daughter hurting, and anyone who is a father knows what I am talking about. And (Joseph Shinners) will be missed, but not forgotten.

–Ryan Swanson, father-in-law to Joseph Shinners


In the seven years Joseph and Kaylyn Shinners were married, Swanson said he never saw his son-in-law become upset. He said the man’s easy-going temperament really showed through any time he was playing with his son.

"The hardest thing for me to do is see my daughter hurting, and anyone who is a father knows what I am talking about,” Swanson said. “And he will be missed, but not forgotten."

Anyone who saw the shooting Saturday night is encouraged to contact detective Mike Locke at the Orem Police Department at 801-229-7070.

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Editor's note: This article initially said the Orem police phone number is 801-299-7070, but it is 801-229-7070. That has been corrected.

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