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Police ride toward the cemetery ahead of the hearse carrying the casket of recently-slain Provo police officer Joseph Shinners after Shinners' funeral Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

A transient man charged with shooting and killing a Provo police officer is facing more charges after an incident three months ago when he reportedly fled from officers.

Matt Frank Hoover, 40, was charged on Friday with failing to stop at the command of police, a third-degree felony, and giving false identification to an officer, a class C misdemeanor.

On Nov. 1, Orem police officers responded to reports of people trespassing on a property with storage units, according to court documents.

Hoover and another individual were reportedly using drugs on the property when officers arrived. He gave officers a false identity, but officers ran the license plates of his car and learned Hoover’s real name.

Court documents show he also had two warrants out for his arrest at the time. When police asked Hoover to exit the car, he drove away.

“Police pursued, but eventually called off the pursuit for safety concerns,” court documents reported.

Officers attempted to arrest Hoover again on Jan. 5 in the parking lot of a Bed Bath and Beyond at 50 W. University Parkway in Orem. Hoover reportedly refused to comply with officers and fired one shot at Master Officer Joseph Shinners. The Provo officer returned fire and both men were transported to a local hospital.

Shinners later died from his injuries that night, and Hoover was charged on Wednesday with aggravated murder, a capital felony.

Prosecutors have not decided whether they will pursue the death penalty, life in prison or a minimum of 25 years in prison if he is convicted.

Hoover was also charged with assault against a police officer, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a weapon by a restricted person, all second-degree felonies.

Three more third-degree felony charges were filed for two counts of drug possession and failing to stop at the command of law enforcement.

He had prior misdemeanor and felony convictions for shoplifting, attempted forgery and drug possession.

Hoover is being held at the Utah County Jail without bail. His first appearance in 4th District Court is scheduled for Monday.

Ashley Stilson covers crime, courts and breaking news for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2556 or

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