Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Featured

Navajo Woman Shot and Killed by Police in Arizona

Navajo Woman Shot and Killed by Police in Arizona

On Easter Sunday, police in Winslow, Arizona shot and killed Loreal Juana Barnell-Tsingine (Navajo), 27, after an altercation in a local convenience store.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), police were called to a Winslow Circle K on report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival, police engaged Loreal where an altercation ensued while trying to place her into custody.

A Winslow Police Department press release stated, “At this time [contact with Loreal], the subject displayed a weapon which presented a substantial threat to the officer. The officer discharged his weapon resulting in the unfortunate death.”

A police officer shot her five-times. Tsingine was declared dead at the scene.

It was later revealed that she was holding a pair of scissors.

In a statement on the families crowdfunding webpage

Loreal was a mother, daughter, sister, cousin, neice and friend that was taken from us way to soon!! She was loved by so many. There are no words to describe the pain in our hearts, she was a special individual.”

A vigil for justice is planned for April 2nd at the Winslow Police department

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