WINSLOW, Ariz. -During a press conference at the Winslow Council Chambers, City Manager Stephen Pauken announced that the Maricopa County Attorney had determined that Officer Austin Shipley would not be charged for the shooting of alleged shoplifter Loreal Tsingin who was armed with scissors when he tried to arrest her.
According to a release from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's office, on March 27 Winslow Police responded to a report of a woman shoplifting, harassing employees and threatening a clerk with scissors at a Circle K convenience store.
Shipley foubnd the suspect walking west on West Fourth Street in Winslow.
According to the release, when Tsingin approached Shipley aggressively, he fired his weapon, killing Tsingin.
Pauken said that Shipley remains on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation continues. The Mesa Police Department is helping with that investigation.
The Navajo County Attorney had asked the Maricopa County Attorney to study the Arizona Department of Public Safety's decision after studying the shooting and make recommendations whether any charges should be filed.
Pauken said the council voted to hire an interim police chief after Garnett's retirement in August and to hire a firm to study the organization of the police department.
Mayor Robin Boyd and five policemen including Chief Steve Garnett and Lt. Arend were at the meeting. Pauken and Boyd answered some questions but the audience was told that the policemen were not there to be questioned.
Pete Henderson asked if a civilian review board was being considered. Pauken said the group studying the organization of the police department might consider that.