WINSLOW, Ariz. — A woman who was fatally shot by an Arizona police officer earlier this year had medical scissors in her hand as she approached him, the officer’s body camera video released Wednesday shows.
The video made public by the city of Winslow came days after the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Officer Austin Shipley was justified in shooting Loreal Tsingine, 27, because he felt his life and that of another officer were threatened.
The shooting of the Navajo woman led tribal officials to urge the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the treatment of American Indians in towns that border the Navajo Nation. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle had no immediate comment Wednesday on whether an investigation would be launched.
Shipley was responding March 27 to a shoplifting report when he shot Tsingine on a sidewalk near the convenience store that reported a shoplifting suspect.