WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has decided that no charges will be filed against Winslow police officer Austin Shipley in connection with the shooting death of Loreal Tsingine.
"After a careful review of the facts surrounding this case, including available video evidence and witness statements from all involved, my office has found no evidence of criminal conduct on the part of Officer Shipley," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a written statement Friday.
Tsingine was shot and killed on March 27 after police responded to a call of a woman shoplifting at a Circle K and threatening a clerk with scissors. The Navajo Nation Council demanded an investigation into the shooting.
Officer Shipley, whose conduct was previously questioned in a 2015 punching incident, will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation that will be conducted by the Mesa Police Department.
The shooting of Tsingine raised concerns about relations between the Winslow Police Department and the Navajo community.