WINSLOW, Ariz. - A Winslow woman was shot and killed by a Winslow police officer for threatening officers with "scissors," DPS said.
Loreal Barnell-Tsingine, 27, was killed during an altercation on Sunday, according to a statement released by the department.
One officer discharged his weapon and fired five shots, said DPS spokesperson Raul Garcia.
Two officers responded to a shoplifting call around 4 p.m. at a Circle K off Fourth Street at Williamson Avenue.
When officers tried to make contact with Tsingine, who fit the description of the shoplifting suspect, she physically resisted and an altercation occurred, according to DPS.
The officers were threatened with a weapon that was described as "scissors," Garcia said.
The Winslow Police Department stated the weapon provided a substantial threat to one of the officers and he fired his weapon.
Family members of the woman are questioning why the officer, who has not been identified, fired so many shots.
"We want to know how many times she was shot and why he shot her so many times," said Floranda Dempsey, Tsingine's aunt. "We want justice."
Tsingine's family describes her stature as petite -- about 5 feet tall and around 100 pounds -- and doesn't understand how the woman would be deemed enough of a threat to be shot at multiple times.
"Was he so scared of her? A little, tiny thing with a scissor?" Dempsey asked.
Family says Tsingine grew up on the Navajo Nation in the Teetso community and was primarily raised by her grandmother. She was also a mother to a 9-year-old daughter.
Dempsey said her niece did have troubles in her past, but was not someone who deserved to die the way she did.
"We understand there are consequences for breaking the law, but it shouldn’t have to be that extreme," she said.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.