Cocopah police chief faces endangerment allegations

Cocopah police chief faces endangerment allegations

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Yuma--Cocopah police chief James Spurgeon faces an allegation of endangering two adults and two children for leaving his handgun behind while visiting a acquaintance at an apartment complex.

YPD said on Saturday, Spurgeon visited the female acquaintance at Rio Santa Fe apartments located on 1600 West 12th street.

The next morning, the 6-year old boy who resides in the apartment found the handgun and pointed it at his father. The father took the handgun away from his son and asked him where he found it.

The boy said he found it on the apartment's floor.

In a statement Cocopah Indian Tribe said:

"Police chief James Spurgeon is a veteran in law enforcement with nearly 30 years of experience.

This alleged action is definitely out of character for chief Spurgeon. The Cocopah Indian Tribe is thankful no one was injured and an internal investigation will be conducted.

The Yuma Police Department is also investigating and we will hold further comment until YPD's investigation is complete."

YPD said after the investigation is completed, the report will be submitted to the Yuma County Attorney's Office for a review of possible charges.

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