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Posted on: July 22, 2016

County Attorney Announces Decision in Winslow Shooting

PHOENIX—Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has announced that no charges will be filed against Winslow Police Officer Austin Shipley in the shooting that led to the death of Loreal Tsingine.

“After a careful review of the facts surrounding this case, including available video evidence and witness statements from all involved, my Office has found no evidence of criminal conduct on the part of Officer Shipley,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

On the afternoon of March 27, 2016, Winslow Police received multiple calls from a Circle K convenience store of a woman shoplifting and harassing store employees. Officers responded to the scene, but the suspect had already left the store. Officers began to search for her and Shipley located the suspect walking west on West Fourth Street in Winslow within proximity to the Circle K.

Officer Shipley attempted to detain her, but the suspect did not comply with orders and while resisting arrest, she was taken to the ground. The officer saw that she was holding scissors, which she swung at him. He then retreated with his duty weapon drawn and gave multiple commands for the suspect to stop and drop her weapon. She did not comply but instead got up and aggressively advanced on the officer with scissors in hand. Officer Shipley discharged his weapon and the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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