Police Identify Man Accused Of Killing Provo Police Officer

Jan 7, 2019, 6:37 PM | Updated: 9:06 pm

Matthew Frank Hoover...

Matthew Frank Hoover

OREM, Utah – The identity has been released of the suspect arrested in connection with the shooting death of an officer from the Provo Police Department.

Officials with the Orem Police Department said 40-year-old Matthew Frank Hoover was in custody for the death of Provo Officer Joseph Shinners.

Provo and Orem police were working together to apprehend Hoover, who investigators said was aa wanted fugitive.

Matthew Hoover

Hoover was spotted near 50 West University Parkway in Orem Saturday just before 10 p.m.

Despite two warrants out for his arrest, police said Hoover made comments recently saying he would not go back to prison.

“Usually when someone says, ‘I’m not going back to prison,’ we take that as being a substantial (threat),” said Lt. Trent Colledge. “I wouldn’t necessarily say a direct threat to officers, but that this guy is a dangerous person to us because he’s made comments that he won’t go back to prison.”

During the attempted arrest, police said Hoover fired his gun, hitting Officer Joseph Shinners, who was able to shoot back, striking Hoover.

Police said no one else fired a weapon.

“It’s a struggle for everybody involved,” said Lt. Colledge. “The Provo Police Department, Orem Police Department, law enforcement in general… It’s hard when we lose one of our own.”

Hoover was still in the hospital, listed in stable condition.

A look at his past showed he’s been arrested multiple times. His lengthy criminal record over the past two decades showed several charges, including drug possession, burglary, theft, interfering with arrest and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon.

The new charges against Hoover were much more serious.

“He faces aggravated murder charges, attempted aggravated murder charges, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and possession of methamphetamine with a prior history,” said Lt. Colledge.

Hoover was from the Fillmore area, but police said he was currently homeless and living with friends in Utah County.

Officer Shinners was the fifth Provo police officer to have died while in the line of duty in the department’s history. He was also the third Utah enforcement officer shot and killed on a January 5 since 2010.

KSL 5 TV Live


FILE: Cottonwood Heights police cruisers in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, June 26, 2020. (Jeffrey D...

Pat Reavy,

Couple arrested after police find kitten taped in sandwich container

Two people have been arrested after police found a kitten taped inside a sandwich container in the back of their car.

18 minutes ago

FILE - Republican presidential candidate businessman Vivek Ramaswamy speaks during the Family Leade...

Associated Press

FBI arrests New Hampshire man who sent death threats to Ramaswamy

Federal prosecutors say they charged a New Hampshire man with threatening to kill a presidential candidate ahead of a scheduled campaign event.

3 hours ago

Watercreek nail salon hate crime. (KSL TV)...

Shelby Lofton

Downtown nail spa broken into, hate speech spray-painted on the wall

The owners of WaterCreek Nails and Spa said a break-in resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage, but the hate speech left behind made the situation worse.

17 hours ago

A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Deseret Ne...

Mark Jones

UHP trooper injured in collision with driver arrested for speeding, DUI

The Utah Highway Patrol says a 24-year-old man was taken into custody early Saturday morning after he was allegedly driving more than 100 mph and attempted to elude authorities.

20 hours ago

Former President Donald Trump attends his civil fraud trial on Dec. 7, in New York City.
(David Dee...

Jeremy Herb and Kara Scannell, CNN

Trump says he’s not testifying in his civil fraud trial Monday

Former President Donald Trump wrote on his social media platform Sunday that he is no longer planning to testify in his civil fraud trial in New York on Monday.

24 hours ago


Chandler Watkins, CNN

Over 50 pounds of fentanyl seized in largest fentanyl bust by Oregon sheriff’s office

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said a months-long investigation ended in several arrests and resulted in one of the largest fentanyl seizures in state history and the largest in agency history.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Police Identify Man Accused Of Killing Provo Police Officer