Cocopah Police Chief in serious condition


Cocopah Police Chief in serious condition


Story by: Meteorologist Tim Lavigne

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Yuma police continue to investigate the motive behind a deadly shooting at an apartment complex.

By the time police arrived to Rio Santa Fe apartments early Saturday morning, Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon had been stabbed multiple times and suffered from blunt force trauma to his head.

The woman who lived there was also beaten.

Police say the man who confronted the two, died from a gunshot wound.

The female victim also works with Chief Spurgeon at the Cocopah Police Department.

Police have not confirmed who fired the shot that killed Josh Collins. Nor, have they said how the Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon, the female victim Angela Cochnauer and Collins are personally connected.

However, we do know Cochnauer works at the Cocopah Police Department under the chief's command.

And it's not the first time police have been called to her place.

On Saturday morning, around 2:30 AM Yuma police responded to this apartment at Rio Santa Fe after someone reported hearing gunshots.

When officers arrived, they found one man dead from a gunshot wound, another man stabbed multiple times, with blunt force trauma to his head, and a woman who had been beaten.

The man found dead has been identified as Josh Collins.

Police say Collins confronted Angela Cochnauer and Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon.

It is still unclear who stabbed Spurgeon, beat Cochnauer and shot Collins.

Both Spurgeon and Cochnauer were transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center where they remain in serious condition.

Police continue to investigate a motive.

Meanwhile, Cocopah tribe is not releasing any information at this time.

That same apartment, is where Chief Spurgeon left his police issued gun in August 2012.

As we previously reported, the gun was found by a six-year-old boy in the apartment who then pointed it at his father.

The boy's father, Cochnauer's husband at the time, took it away from the boy.

Spurgeon was investigated by Yuma police for leaving his gun there.

They then filed charges with the Yuma County Attorney's Office.

Due to the conflict of interest, the County Attorney turned the case over to Maricopa County Attorney's Office who declined to prosecute Spurgeon.

We also filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Cocopah Police Department for records of any complaints filed against Spurgeon and Cochnauer.

But the tribal police department tells us they are not required to comply with the request because they are a sovereign nation.

We'll continue to follow this story and will bring you the latest as new details become available. 

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