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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