WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Police Department has identified 3-year veteran Austin Shipley as the officer who fired at 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine five times, killing her.
On March 27, two Winslow police officers responded to a shoplifting call and were attempting to take Loreal Tsingine into custody because she fit the description of the suspect. According to the Winsolw Police Department, an altercation ensued between officer Shipley and Tsingine, who had scissors at the time, and Shipley fatally shot her.
According to documents obtained by 12 News, 26-year-old Shipley completed training in May 2012 at the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy at Yavapai College in Prescott. Shipley went through the training twice, having to drop out during the first attempt due to an injury.
He joined the Winslow Police department in 2013 after unsuccessful attempts to join the Department of Public Safety and the Scottsdale Police Department.
Shipley has two letters of disposition on his record with the Winslow Police Department:
On February 19, Chief of Police Stephen Garnett stated Shipley was in violation of the Winslow Police Department's policy regarding the application of a Taser.
Officer Shipley received a one-day of suspension without pay, six months disciplinary probation and departmental mandated training on the use of force and Taser deployment that had to be completed within six months.
A second letter of disposition was filed on Nov. 20, 2013, in regards to a violation of the code of conduct, specifically inappropriate comments. The documents do not include the statements from the officer.
Officer Shipley had one day of suspension without pay and department mandated diversity training to be completed within six months.