OREM — The Orem Police Department is asking for anyone who witnessed the confrontation between police and a wanted fugitive that resulted in the death of a Provo police officer to contact them.
Saturday night, Orem and Provo police officers responded to the parking lot of Bed Bath and Beyond, 50 W. University Parkway, Orem, after apparently learning that Matt Frank Hoover, 40, was in the area. Hoover had two warrants out for his arrest and had allegedly made comments that he did not want to go back to prison and threatened officers.
As officers approached the pickup truck that Hoover and a woman were in, officer Joseph Shinners, 29, who was standing by the open passenger side door, was shot. Orem police say Shinners also fired his weapon, striking Hoover.
A witness recorded cellphone video of the confrontation. In the video, officers can be seen on both sides of Hoover's pickup truck.
"The cops were yelling in the very beginning (of the video), 'Put the gun down! Put the gun down!'" said Delene Ostler, who recorded the video.
Shinners can be seen hobbling away from the truck after he was injured. He then kneels on the ground as the other officers take Hoover into custody, apparently not aware their colleague was injured.
"There were several officers that walked past him. I don't think anyone knew that something was wrong. Eventually an officer knelt down beside him and then he helped the injured officer up," she said.
Shortly afterward, officers can then be seen rushing him into an SUV and speeding away with lights and sirens activated.
On Tuesday, Orem police, who say they had also received a copy of the video, made a request for anyone else who witnessed the incident to contact them.1 comment on this story
Orem Police Lt. Trent Colledge said detectives made the request to be thorough in their investigation and not because they were looking for something specific. In a post on the Orem Police Facebook page, the department noted that "many people saw a lot of cop cars and flashing lights but we are only looking for those who had a closer view or heard specific things being shouted. Contact dispatch at 801-229-7070 and ask for Detective Locke."
Hoover remained under guard at Utah Valley Hospital on Tuesday as he continued to be treated for his shooting wound. Police have not said how many times he was shot or on what part of his body. Colledge said he was stable.
It was not known Tuesday when Hoover would be released from the hospital and booked into jail. Police say they anticipate he will be booked for investigation of aggravated murder, among other charges.
A funeral for Shinners is scheduled for Saturday.