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Vigil set for woman shot by officer in Winslow

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Apr 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 13:08:20-04

A vigil is being held Saturday to honor a Navajo woman who was fatally shot by a Winslow police officer.

Authorities say the officer fired at Loreal Tsingine five times on March 27, killing her after she threatened the officer with scissors. Police had been responding to a report of shoplifting at a Winslow convenience store.

Organizers of Saturday's event say the shooting was unjust.

They also want to draw attention to the struggles of American Indians in towns that border the Navajo Nation. The vigil is being held outside the Winslow Police Department.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating Tsingine's death. Authorities have not released the officer's name but have said he's worked for Winslow police for three years.