Published July 22, 2016
WINSLOW, ARIZONA—Winslow Police Officer Austin Shipley has been cleared in the death of Loreal Tsinigine, a young 27-year-old Navajo mother.
Tsinigine was shot five times on a sidewalk on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016) after this year after she was stopped by Shipley as a shoplifting suspect at the local Circle K in Winslow, Arizona.
Shipley claims Tsingine had a pair of scissors in her hand and he had to defend himself.
The decision was issued by the office of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, in a letter dated July 19, 2016 to Winslow Police Department chief of police Stephen Garnett.
The case was investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Their report was was sent to the Navajo County Attorney’s Office where Winslow is located. That office punted the report to the Maricopa County prosecutor’s office for review and indicated there will be no charges against Shipley.
Since being employed as a police officer for the Winslow Police Department Shipley has received poor reviews.
Prior to being hired by the Winslow Police Department, he 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.
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