Cocopah Police Chief Above the Law? Ask the Yuma Man Whose Son Found the Chief's Gun

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Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon.
Cocopah Tribal Police Chief James Spurgeon wasn't charged for allegedly leaving his gun at the Yuma home of an "acquaintance" in August, but the man whose 6-year-old son found that gun still has some questions.

Levi Cochnauer told Yuma police at the time that his son found the gun next to his bed, and pointed it right at him. Cochnauer tells New Times that he didn't invite Spurgeon to his house -- or his bedroom -- and he's not too pleased about Spurgeon not being punished for the incident.

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Cochnauer says the non-action against Spurgeon seems to be an indication that if you're in Spurgeon's position, then "you can do what you want and not pay for crimes."

He thinks that had anyone else left their gun within reach of a child, they'd probably "be in jail or paying for it with a nice price."

Maybe if someone had been shot, then justice would have been pursued, he adds.

On top of allegedly having Spurgeon's gun pointed at him, Cochnauer wants to know why Spurgeon was even at his house, under the invitation of his wife -- who's also an employee with Cocopah Tribal Police.

After the news broke in August that Spurgeon was being investigated for the incident, the rumors were swirling about an alleged affair between Spurgeon and Cochnauer's wife.

Cochnauer says that appears to be the case, and claims there's been something going on between them for about a year-and-a-half.

As you can imagine, this ordeal has put quite a strain on Cochnauer -- who says he no longer lives in his house, is no longer with his wife, and now has to share custody of their children.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office, which reviewed the case instead of Yuma County's, declined to file charges due to "no reasonable likelihood of a conviction," an MCAO spokesman told the Yuma Sun at the time.

Even though Spurgeon was on leave pending the results of an internal investigation when the endangerment charge was dropped, Cochnauer told us that Spurgeon's back on the job. Cocopah Indian Tribe spokeswoman Ana Corpus confirms to New Times that Spurgeon is back on staff, and says that means the internal review must have been completed.

"What a guy," Cochnauer says (with a whole lot of sarcasm).


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jon49417
jon49417

next time keep  the gun and record him trying to get it back.  you got to think ahead

azlefti
azlefti

Why is the assertions of a Husband who could not satisfy his wife News?

 

Who cares if  the  hubby is pissed he was there, the  wife invited him

 

As for the  gun,  as the  MCAO stated There was no chance of conviction because THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE, all we have is a upset husband squawking about how his kid found a gun and pointed it at him.  Sorry but we have a credibility issue here.

 

If Levi Cochnauer had done a better job as a Husband perhaps his wife would not have gone elsewhere for the physical side of things! 

 

 

 

 

bgray59
bgray59

Pinal County SO only on a smaller scale.

simondelao
simondelao

This is what happens when you put INJUNS in charge. The story doesn't mention if he was liquored up on fire water when he has banging a woman other than his wife

Lostcause
Lostcause

The Cocopah tribe needs to fire this guy and get another poice chief.

dave1vike
dave1vike

You know I have heard enough. You know that there was no affair!!!!! How do people with zero intelligence get this type of media attention. There were 3 investigations and all 3 found that there wasn't enough evidence or proof that there was any endangerment. I could see maybe once but three times and that also goes for the affair ... No proof.....

So you choose to slander your wife the mother of your 2 boys trying to make her look like she is a bad mom  but reality is that she is a great mom and you just want to tear her down.  If you would just kept this between you and your wife and not your mom and grandma we may have had a different out come.  COWARD!!!

Its funny that in back ground you are asking her for reconciliation.(Don't let your Grandma & Grandpa know you might get in trouble).

If you really thought something was going on for a year and a half why didn't you do something then? Counselor, separation, or divorce.... do something even confront the man..... Now after everything that has happened your going to say I knew something was going on....... 

 

 You know Levi you act like you have done nothing, We have seen your anger and know about your abuse towards your wife... But what about your first wife Levi are you ready to tell the truth Levi?    i HAVE HEARD ENOUGH OF THESE LIES AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS NEWSPAPER WOULD GIVE LEVI ANY CREDIBILITY.

 

LEVI WE ARE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO SAY NOTHING AS YOU CONTINUE TO SLANDER YOUR WIFE THE MOTHER OF YOUR 2 CHILDREN...

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

There are a few police chiefs in Arizona who get away with all sort of inappropriate things when caught with their pants down.

 

Illegal things too....so why am I not surprised here.

 

 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

This is certainly an odd situation. Most professional law enforcment agencies have policies that prohibit actions, whether on duty or not, that bring the agency into 'disrepute'. It sure seems to me that the actions by this CHIEF would have brought the police department in Cocopah into disrepute. I'm almost sure he didn't leave the gun on the floor next to the bed on purpose. That said, I would think that at the very least there may be criminal negligence involved, unless he's a Republican, of course.

 

It sure seems to me that the Tribal agency should be concerned about where this guy is dropping his pants. This could have resulted in a manslaughter case... if the Mister had come home for lunch...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

i dont know all of the laws, but that should definitly fall under child endagerment

markoulundsen
markoulundsen

@dave1vike - you were sooo wrong back then, Chief got caught again, with his pants down and same woman, Levi was not slandering anyone and if had been taken care of back then, this death might have been avoided

zookeeper
zookeeper

@dave1vike Levis  credibility, really?  There is so much more to this story, that your daughter will probably never tell you.  And for your information they did go to counseling for 6-months and they decided to make the marriage work and she agreed to keeping contact  with Spurgeon to work related only.  So why did she invite him over for dinner and a movie when levi was at work? Why are the statements between her and Spurgeon so different? As to where the gun was found, Our grandson showed the officer where he found it. We didn't think dragging a child into this was a wise decision. 3 investigations? Local law enforcement wouldn't do anything because of conflict of interest between the tribe and itself. Maricopa never got any response to their investigation because someone intercepted US Mail. The tribe did no investigation except to wait and see if he was going to be charged by Local Law Enforcement.  When the gun was found to be Spurgeons that was all the proof that was needed. Truth? be careful what you ask for!

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

 @dave1vike The fact remains the chief's duty weapon was left in her bedroom and her child found it. It seems you feel he was doing his duty. Your other concerns may have merit, but let's stay with the simple facts. The chief's weapon was left in the bedroom of a subordinate. A child found the weapon and it was reportedly pointed at the father.

 

Simple: Stupid, selfish and no accountability by the head of a police agency. Share the rest of the story with Ann Landers. Sorry, no sympathy here.

 

Seems the chief has problems with forgeting where he puts and where he leaves his gun and/or weapon.

azlefti
azlefti

 @Eleanor_Holguin What  did he do  that was illegal?  You have a claim by  a spurned husband with no evidence

azlefti
azlefti

 @Tommy_Collins SO  where did the  Chief drop  trou?  Like with the  hubbys claim about who  founds the  gun there is no evidence of improper behavior

azlefti
azlefti

 @danzigsdaddy The issue is proof, all they have is  a upset husbands claim.

 

I could say you were one of the El Mirage 400 perverts yet with no proof  it don't mean  snot

Ohhpuhleez
Ohhpuhleez

@TellTheTruth @dave1vike come on TellTheTruth, nowhere in ANY of the articles does is say the gun was left on the bedroom floor. The only place it's mentioned is in the comments my misguided idiots who think the know the whole story. So yes, TellTheTruth let's stick with the facts! Yes, the gun was left. Yes, there were several investigation. Yes, the man was found NOT guilty. I know SOME people act like they have never been over to a co-workers house before. FACT: people do it all the time. FACT: between 2008 - 2010 over 2000 officers have left theirs duty weapons behind in bathroom, bedrooms and even in the hands of criminals! Yes, it it could have ended bad! But, IT DIDN'T! Dave1Vike has every reason to be pissed! This man LEVI COCHNAUER (I would hardly give him credit on being a man) is just upset because obviously he insecure and more than likely a poor husband to allow this to continue. It's been three months for goodness sakes! Time to focus on the children! Not on his damaged ego!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @TellTheTruth were it anyone else, it would be child endangerment.  i said the same thing, if he's sleeping with someones wife....oh well. but leaving his gun somewhere and not realizing it? BAD. leaving it where a child can find it? UNEXCUSABLE. if a cop is leaving his gun places, what else is he screwing up on.  a gun isnt something you just misplace like a phone number

jasubo
jasubo

Sorry, but that's a very stupid question @eleanor_holguin. Adultery IS illegal. And fraternization between the chief, and a MARRIED subordinate is definitely against policy.

Most people, nowadays, like to pretend that adultery is the norm. Morally, it is about the worst thing that anyone can do, short of killing someone. And legally, most states have laws against it to protect families. But it is not enforced unless the issue is forced by the victim of the affair. Don't believe it, check out Arizona Revised Statute 13-1408.

The following is the statute:

13-1408. Adultery; classification; punishment; limitation on prosecution

A. A married person who has sexual intercourse with another than his or her spouse, and an unmarried person who has sexual intercourse with a married person not his or her spouse, commits adultery and is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor. When the act is committed between parties only one of whom is married, both shall be punished.

B. No prosecution for adultery shall be commenced except upon complaint of the husband or wife.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @azlefti  him having a cops gun instead of the cop having his own gun would be considered evidence of something being wrong, his kid having the cops gun instead of the cop, would be proof of something wrong 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @azlefti  honestly, i could care less if he was sleeping with the guys wife. i am concerned about the fact that he doesnt know where he left his gun 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @azlefti how did the kid end up with the  gun? at some point he left it where the kid could get it, if that is made up, how did the husband end up with the gun then? the gun had to be returned and that was something  that has to be explained

zookeeper
zookeeper

@Ohhpuhleez The police report states where the gun was found. the six year old boy showed the police office where he found it.  Investigations were hindered by lies and conflict of interest within local law enforcement.  The truth will prevail when finally this is in court.  However, the public probably will not know the out come. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Tommy_Collins this could have gone wrong so many ways, the chief should be grateful its just going the way it is. someone who misplaces his gun and isnt even the one to report it....is not leader material

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @danzigsdaddy  I wonder why the guy didn't just sell the damn gun? It's not likely the chief or the 'lady' of the house would have asked the mister, "Say, have you seen an extra pistol laying around the house?". That would at least have paid the filing fee for the divorce.

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