No endangerment charges filed against Cocopah police chief

No endangerment charges filed against Cocopah police chief

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Yuma-Prosecutors will not file charges against a local police chief accused of endangerment for leaving a gun within a child's reach.

Yuma Police Department said Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon was visiting an acquaintance at Rio Santa Fe apartments in August, when he left his gun behind.

A 6-year old boy reportedly got a hold of the gun and pointed it at his father.

Cocopah Tribe spokeswoman Ana Corpus said the Maricopa County Attorney's Office believes there was no reasonable likelihood of a conviction.

The case was handed over to Maricopa county after Yuma County prosecutors declared a conflict of interest.

Corpus said Spurgeon is currently on leave after YPD's investigation was revealed.

She said the tribe will continue an internal investigation.

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