Winslow Police Department Ignored Recommendation Not to Hire Shipley
Published April 24, 2016
WINSLOW, ARIZONA— Austin Shipley, the three-year veteran Winslow police officer who shot fives rounds that left Loreal Tsingine, a 27-year-old Navajo mother, dead on a Winslow sidewalk Easter Sunday, was not given a good recommendation by at least two officers who trained him to become a police officer, according to The Associated Press.
According to The Associated Press, the two officers had “concerns about his work, including that he was too quick to go for his service weapon, ignored directives from superiors and falsified reports.”
Further, one day before Shpley’s training ended in September 2013, a police corporal recommended that the Winslow Police Department not retain him, according to police records obtained by the Associated Press.
Shipley has remained on paid leave from the Winslow Police Department since the deadly shooting on Easter. The case is under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Navajo Nation President has asked the U.S. Justice Department to conduct its own investigation into the shooting.
Winslow, Arizona is a border town to the adjacent Navajo Nation. Since the killing of Tsingine, Navajo Nation officials have met with Winslow city officials.