WINSLOW, Ariz. - On March 27th, it'll be one year since a controversial police shooting in Winslow, Arizona took the life of a young woman.
The last few moments of Loreal Tsingine's life were caught on then Officer Austin Shipley's body camera video on Easter Sunday of 2016.
About 4 p.m. Shipley responded to reports of Tsingine shoplifting from a Circle K. In the video, then Officer Shipley is seen getting into a confrontation with Tsingine. He pushed her to the ground. She got back up. That's when the scissors are visible.
Moments later, another officer arrived on the scene. Then, Tsingine walked toward Shipley, who fired five times, hitting and killing the 27 year old mother.
Shortly after he pulled the trigger, then Officer Shipley described to another officer what he said happened: "I pulled up, I yelled to her, "Police! Stop! Stop where you're at!" She kept walking away. She faced back around to me... I went to grab her and put her hands behind her back and she pulled away from me."
Later, an autopsy would determine two of the shots hit Loreal Tsingine in the back.
The shooting outraged many in Winslow and those on the Hopi and Navajo reservations, including Navajo President Russell Begaye.
"We don't want the city to carry on this investigation on," President Begaye said at a rally after Tsingine's death, "because we know what happens when you're trying to protect your own people... your officers... and we don't want it to happen."
The Department of Public Safety and Mesa Police both investigated the shooting. On top of that, the Department of Justice even got involved and held a community meeting. That's where many people vented their frustrations.
"We want the Winslow Police Department filtered," Floranda Dempsey, Tsingine's aunt said at the meeting. "We want the ones that don't belong there, out of there."
Then four months after the shooting, DPS completed its investigation and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced there would be no criminal charges against then Officer Shipley. That sparked this protest in Phoenix.
"This isn't something that is going to be swept under the rug," said Monica Spencer, who's from the Bordertown Justice Coalition. "And it's not something that we're just going to forget about."
Mesa Police hadn't forgotten about the shooting. They finished their investigation at the end of last October. When then Officer Austin Shipley was delivered the results, he resigned from the Winslow Police Department. The Winslow City Manager said Shipley chose to resign and was not forced.
And it was less than a month later, that 12 News obtained more of the documents and records related to the investigation, including the former Officer talking about the deadly shooting.
"I really wish that it just wouldn't have happened, but the same feeling is how I felt afterwards is just a kind of a sickening feeling," then Officer Shipley could be heard saying.
Loreal Tsingine's friends and family still have a sickening feeling about the shooting and the investigation into it. They have filed a $10.5 million wrongful death lawsuit, as well.
Time has helped heal some of their pain, but it'll never allow them to forget the young mother and wonder why she pulled out a pair of scissors and why a police officer violently ended her life.
Since the shooting, the city of Winslow says it has focused on improving the relationship between the police department and the community with increased patrols and even meetings over coffee.
“My belief is at this point that our relationship with Navajo Nation has improved and is probably as good as it’s ever been,” said Steve Pauken, the city manager of Winslow. “There’s still an awful lot of work to be done for all of us.”