Loreal Tsingine: Arizona woman killed by officer held medical scissors, video shows

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 16:18:15-04

Video from an Arizona police officer's body camera shows the woman he fatally shot in March had medical scissors in her hand.

Footage was released Wednesday, days after Winslow Officer Austin Shipley was cleared in the shooting. Shipley was responding to a shoplifting call when he fired at Loreal Tsingine.

In the video, Shipley tries to restrain Tsingine, but she breaks free and falls to the ground. She gets up and walks quickly toward Shipley with the scissors in her right hand, pointed down.

The video was silent during the shooting. Police say Tsingine refused commands to stop resisting, get on the ground and drop the scissors.

The shooting of the Navajo woman led tribal officials to urge the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the treatment of American Indians.