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Shinners was living in Provo, Utah, but was from Everett, Massachusetts.

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    Mass. Native Killed in the Line of Duty in Utah

    A police officer in Provo, Utah was killed in the line of duty Saturday night. He was originally from Everett, Massachusetts. (Published Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019)

    A police officer killed in the line of duty on Saturday night in Utah was originally from Massachusetts.

    Joseph Shinners, 29, was shot while trying to apprehend a dangerous fugitive at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday night and died in the hospital just after midnight, according to Provo Police Chief Richard Ferguson.

    Shinners was living in Provo, Utah, but was from Everett, Massachusetts.

    "He exemplified the nobility of policing. He was the very best of the Provo police department," Ferguson said. "I'm heartbroken. I'm shocked." 

    Shinners leaves behind his wife and young son, according to Ferguson.

    The Boston Police Department tweeted their condolences for Shinner on Sunday evening.

    Everett Firefighters took to Facebook to remember the officer, who was the son of a former Everett Fire Captain.

    "We have suffered a terrible tragedy within our fire family...Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners, the son of our Retired Everett Fire Captain John Shinners, was tragically killed in the Line of Duty last night as he attempted to arrest a wanted fugitive," the post read. "We are extremely saddened by this difficult news and our thoughts and prayers are with the Shinners family, as well as the Provo Police Dept. during this very difficult time."

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