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.