Loreal Tsingine with her daugther, Tiffany.
Published March 30, 2016
WINSLOW, ARIZONA– Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting death of Navajo Loreal Tsingine, a 27-year-old Navajo woman who was shot and killed by Winslow Police Officer Austin Shipley on Easter Sunday.
“We hear about these types of shootings happening across the country,” President Begaye stated . “If there is no legitimate justification for taking Tsingine’s life, then the Navajo Nation wants the fullest extent of the law to be taken in serving justice.”
According to a press release issued by the City of Winslow, on Sunday, Mar. 27, at 4 p.m., Winslow Police officers were dispatched to the Circle K located at 323 N. Williamson Avenue to investigate a report of a shoplifting.
Officers were alerted to search for a subject described as a Native American female wearing gray sweatpants and a white top. Officers located a subject fitting this description in the area. The press release states that while attempting to take the subject into custody, a struggle ensued. The subject displayed a weapon which the responding officer perceived as a substantial threat. The officer discharged his weapon resulting in the death of 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye
Native News Online has learned the weapon was a pair of scissors Tsingine used to cut her hair split-ends and was shot at five times.
According to the City of Winslow, the involved officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation that has been undertaken by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.