Posted: 8:27 p.m
Yuma Police say former Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon was the one to pull the trigger during a shooting this past weekend.
Saturday, officers responded to 1600 W 12th St. for a report of shots fired. The investigation revealed Spurgeon, was at the residence of Angela Cochnauer. Police say Spurgeon, Cochnauer and two kids were asleep in the apartment when a man named Joshua Collins forced entry into the apartment and assaulted Spurgeon and Cochnauer with a baseball bat and stabbed Spurgeon multiple times.
During the assault officers say Spurgeon was able to retrieve his handgun and shot Collins. Collins was found dead at the scene.
Spurgeon and Cochnauer were taken to Yuma Regional medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Police say the two kids in the apartment were not injured during the incident and were not aware of what had occurred.
The case remains under investigation.
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with information about this case to please contact Sgt Rodriguez at (928) 373-4678, Detective Trabue at (928) 373-4679 or the Yuma Police Department (928) 373-4700.