PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) Fallen Provo Police Department Officer Joseph Shinners was the pillar of his family, so his death has hit them hard.
ABC4’s Brittany Johnson sat down with his mother, father and two brothers Thursday. They know how dangerous the job of a police officer is, but they still never thought they would be mourning the loss of one of their own.
Shinners, 29, was shot and killed Saturday night in Orem while attempting to arrest a fugitive. Joseph Shinners’ father told said his son died doing what he loved: keeping the community safe.
Joe, as his loved ones call him, leaves behind a wife and 1-year old son. Now everyone is working to process the situation, and they’re all trying to figure out what comes next.
“Joe was a loving, caring, compassionate person. He always was and he treated everybody that way. He was a son that any parent would love to have,” said John Shinners.
A candlelight vigil was held in honor of Shinners Wednesday night. Funeral services for Officer Shinners will be Saturday, January 12.