Loreal Juana Barnell-Tsingine, 27, was shot five times after an altercation that began with a shoplifting call. Courtesy Family’s GoFundMe page

Navajo Woman Allegedly Armed With Scissors Shot Five Times And Killed By Police

Loreal Juana Barnell-Tsingine, 27, was shot five times after an altercation that began with a shoplifting call. Courtesy Family’s GoFundMe page

Loreal Juana Barnell-Tsingine, 27, was shot five times after an altercation that began with a shoplifting call. Courtesy Family’s GoFundMe page

By Red Power Media, Staff

Navajo Woman woman fatally shot by Winslow police officer

Authorities say a woman who was fatally shot by police on the weekend had allegedly threatened an officer with a pair scissors.

According to Native News Online, Loreal Tsingine, a 27 year-old, Navajo woman was shot and killed by police on Easter Sunday in Winslow, Arizona.

An unidentified source told Native News Online, Tsingine had a pair of scissors in her hand and had purchased some beer at the local Circle K. Tsingine was shot five times by Winslow Police Officer Austin Shipley.

ICTMN reports, officers located Tsingine a few blocks away from the convenience store at around 4 p.m and a struggle ensued.

“While attempting to take the subject into custody, a struggle ensued,” the Winslow Police Department states in a press release. “At this time, the subject displayed a weapon which presented a substantial threat to the officer. The officer discharged his weapon resulting in the unfortunate death.” Tsingine was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Major Crimes District are conducting an investigation, DPS spokesman Raul Garcia said in a statement. He declined to provide any additional information.

The officer involved in the shooting has been with the Winslow Police Department for three years and is now on administrative leave.

Winslow Police said more information will be released as the investigation develops.

There will be a vigil for Loreal Tsingine on Saturday, April 2 at 3 PM in front of the Winslow, Police Station. A Facebook event page called Justice for Loreal – Vigil has been made.

The family has set up a crowdfunding account for funeral expenses. Donate HERE

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4 thoughts on “Navajo Woman Allegedly Armed With Scissors Shot Five Times And Killed By Police

  1. Stuart Hawley

    The Winslow Police Officer who shot and killed Loreal Barnell Tsingine was Austin Shipley. Austin Shipley is in his 20’s is a big strong man and he is in excellent physical shape. Austin Shipley is about 6’2″ tall and weighs at least 240 pounds of muscle. Austin Shipley could go one on one in hand to hand combat with a Western Gorilla and give the Western Gorilla a good match.
    Loreal Barnell Tsingine was about 5′ 0″ tall and weighed at the most 105 pounds. Loreal was a little tiny petite woman.
    There were other uses of force that Winslow, Arizona Police Officer Austin Shipley could have employed in regards to Loreal Barnell Tsingine. Austin Shipley could have manhandled this little tiny woman without any kind of weapon.
    There was absolutely no need or reason for Winslow, Arizona Police Officer to shoot Loreal Barnell Tsingine multiple times.
    This is a Travesty of Justice and Winslow, Arizona Police Officer Austin Shipley needs to be help accountable for his actions in the death of Loreal Barnell Tsingine.

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  2. michael

    No struggle ensued, cops are lying, she was shot 5 times, what the hell, i can not believe they could not disarm a female with pair of scissors, cop is a coward and a racist, hope there is justice, probably wont be cops all cover for each other, its sick

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  3. tsionaktiio

    oh yeah right, 5 times she was shot, why not 1 in the leg, oh yeah cause she’s Native! hope the next shot will be at you too, hope you serve time, killer with a badge.

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  4. amelia wolf

    I’m sure this grown man who is TRAINED to protect himself could not defend against this lone woman. He had to shoot, not once, but five times!!! What a hero. Shame, shame.

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