Police report details love triangle

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Police report details love triangle

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Some startling details behind the shooting death of a young man caught up in what looks like a love triangle that involved now former Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon and a woman who worked for him as a dispatcher.

The picture that this report paints of Josh Collins is one of a troubled young veteran who was decorated for saving lives in Iraq.

Collins fell in love with Angela Cochnauer and was planning to move in with her.

But she didn't feel the same way about him.

And when Collins found out she was romantically involved with then Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon, he went over the edge.

Collins broke into her apartment.

He attacked Spurgeon with a baseball bat and stabbed him several times.

Spurgeon grabbed his side arm and opened fire, killing Collins.

There documents show Spurgeon knew who Collins was.

While he was bleeding, Spurgeon told police his attackers name is Josh.

And in the midst of this violent exchange, Cochnauer's two children were sound asleep in their bunk beds.

Another revelation from this investigation.

Spurgeon is married and was cheating on his wife.

She did not know where he was until police showed up knocking on her door.

There's no word on Spurgeon's condition.

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