CRIME

Man Accused Of Killing Provo Officer Appearing In Court

Mar 4, 2019, 6:30 AM

PROVO, Utah – The man accused of killing officer Joseph Shinners is expected to appear in court Monday.

Matt Frank Hoover, 40, is scheduled for a waiver hearing. If he pleads guilty or no contest, there will likely be a sentencing hearing. If he enters a not guilty plea, prosecutors could push for the death penalty.

During a confrontation on Jan. 5, Hoover allegedly backed his pickup truck into a police car before shooting 29-year-old Shinners in the chest. 

Shinners later died at Utah Valley Hospital.

Hoover was charged with several felonies, including aggravated murder, assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, failing to stop for an officer’s commands and drug possession.

 

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Man Accused Of Killing Provo Officer Appearing In Court