WINSLOW, Ariz. - Twenty-seven-year-old Loreal Barnell-Tsingine was shot and killed by a Winslow Police officer after an altercation on Sunday, according to a statement released by the department.
Officers responded to a shoplifting call around 4 p.m. at a Circle K off 4th Street at Williamson Ave.
After locating a woman matching the description of the suspect a few blocks west of the store, Winslow Police say a struggle ensued.
The officer, who was not identified, said Tsingine displayed a weapon that posed a "substantial threat" to him.
The officer discharged his weapon and fatally shot Tsingine.
No details were provided from the department regarding the type of weapon Tsingine displayed or how many shots the officer fired.
A family member told 12 news Tsingine stole a case of beer from the store and began walking up the street.
A neighbor, who wished not to be identified, ran outside seconds after the shooting and said he did not hear any yelling or commotion leading up to shooting, but heard at least three gunshots fired in rapid succession.
The neighbor said he saw two officers and Tsingine bleeding and lying on the ground.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.