Master Officer Joseph Shinners was killed while trying to apprehend a wanted fugitive in Orem. A team of officers located that person in a shopping center parking lot near 50 West Univesity Parkway. When another officer attempted to arrest the man inside a vehicle, the suspect fought and began to drive away with the officer. Officer Shinners ran to the aid of the officer, entered the truck, fought for control of the suspect’s gun, covered the officer with his own body, and was shot. Officer Shinners fired back and struck the man once. Officer Shinners was a three year veteran of the Police Department and a member of the Patrol Division. He is survived by his wife and son.
Posthumous Awards: Medal Of Valor, Purple Heart, Master Officer Rank
Officer Trent Halladay
Died on July 22, 2006
Cancer: Linked to Meth Lab Exposure
Officer Trent Halladay was diagnosed with liver cancer at 36 years old. Two doctors independently testified that Officer Halladay's cancer was believed to be the result of the many clandestine methamphetamine laboratories he investigated and dismantled while assigned to the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force. At the time of his death, he served as a reserve officer for the department. Survived by his wife and two sons, Officer Halladay is buried in the Spanish Fork City cemetery.
Sergeant Norman Kim Nisson
Died January 11, 1995
Sergeant Nisson was killed on January 11, 1995, in a three-car traffic collision while serving court papers in American Fork Utah. His vehicle was struck from behind while at the corner of 500 east and 620 south and pushed into oncoming traffic. At the time of his death, Sergeant Nisson was a member of the detective division and had been a successful hostage negotiator with the department. Survived by his wife and two daughters, Sergeant Nission is buried in the Orem City Cemetery.
Officer Frank J Tucker
Died June 16, 1904
Officer Tucker died when his duty weapon accidentally discharged. Tucker was working a security detail at the Elk’s Carnival in Provo. Seated in the sheriff’s office in the Utah County building, he stood up to leave. His revolver fell from his belt and struck the floor, where it discharged. The bullet entered Officer Tucker’s hip and ranged upward through his heart. He died almost immediately. Officer Tucker left a wife and four children. He is buried in Provo City Cemetery.
Officer William Strong
Died June 27, 1899
Officer Strong was murdered by a transient he arrested in the city train yard. Strong had returned from retirement for the purposes of patrolling the depot at night for vagrants. Shortly after midnight, Officer Strong took a man into custody, unaware that he had burglarized a store in Scofield. At 400 S. University Ave., the suspect removed a .38-caliber revolver from his bedroll and shot the officer through the heart. Married and the father of four children, Officer Strong is buried in Provo City Cemetery.
Marshal Albert O. H. Bowen
Died October 16, 1873
Marshal Bowen was murdered at a Provo saloon 400 west center street. During the evening of October 13, 1873, Bowen responded to a report of an intoxicated man waving a gun. When Marshal Bowen attempted to disarm the man, he was shot in the side of the head with a .36-caliber revolver. He lived for three days, dying on the thirteenth birthday of his eldest son. Marshal Bowen was married and the father of nine children. He is buried in Provo City Cemetery.