Family of man accused in slaying of police officer ‘deeply saddened’ by his actions

Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners

Provo • The family of a man suspected of killing a Provo police officer in Orem has released a statement, according to FOX 13.

Joseph Shinners, 29, was shot and killed Saturday as police from Provo and Orem tried to arrest Matt Frank Hoover, 40, in the parking lot of a Bed Bath and Beyond.

In this photo provided by the Orem Police Department shows Matt Frank Hoover. Hoover, a Utah man accused of fatally shooting a Provo police officer has been identified as a 40-year-old with an extensive criminal record dating back more than two decades. Orem Police Lt. Trent Colledge said Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, that Hoover was wanted on two drug-related felony warrants when officers encountered him in a shopping center parking lot Saturday in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. Police say Hoover fatally shot officer Joseph Shinners. (Orem Police Department, via AP)

A family spokesman issued a statement expressing sympathy for the officer’s family.

“We, as extended family of Matt Hoover, are deeply saddened for his actions that took Officer Joe Shinners’ life. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with his family. We strongly stand behind and extend our support to law enforcement and to the community who lost a brother, friend and all around hero," the statement reads.

Shinners' funeral service is Saturday in Orem.

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