Funeral services to honor slain Provo Master Officer Joseph Shinners

Funeral services for a Provo police officer who was killed in the line of duty on were held Saturday morning. (Photo: KUTV)

Funeral services for a Provo police officer who was killed in the line of duty were held Saturday morning.

Officer Joseph Shinners was shot and critically injured during a confrontation with a man wanted for arrest on Jan. 5. He died from his injuries the same night.

Shinners, who served on the Provo City Police force for three years, was posthumously promoted to the rank of master officer.

He is survived by his wife, Kaylyn, and 20-month-old son, Logan.

Funeral services were held in the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University in Orem.

Governor Gary Herbert spoke at the service, saying Utahns "cannot thank our police officers enough."

Provo Police Chief Rich Ferguson spoke fondly of Shinners, calling him an honest man.

Ferguson said he always felt a special bond with Shinners, as the two shared similar badge numbers.

Shinners was to be interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Springville.

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