No charges for police chief who left gun behind

Yuma, Arizona (AP) October 2012

A prosecutor will not file endangerment charges against a tribal police chief from southwestern Arizona who left his gun behind after visiting an apartment in Yuma. The gun was found by a 6-year-old boy who pointed it at his father.

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jerry Cobb tells the Yuma Sun ( ) says no charges were filed against Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon because prosecutors felt there was no reasonable likelihood of a conviction.

The case was transferred to Maricopa County after Yuma County prosecutors declared a conflict of interest. The Cocopah tribal police often work with Yuma prosecutors.

Cocopah Indian Tribe spokeswoman Ana Corpus said that Spurgeon is on an unspecified leave of absence and the tribe is continuing its own internal investigation.


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