Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Police Chief Stabbed, Another Man Killed During Weekend Incident

stabbingThe Cocopah Police Chief was stabbed during an incident in which one person was killed.  The Yuma Police Department says the incident occurred Saturday morning at the Rio Santa Fe Apartments on West 12th Street.  When police arrived at an apartment, they found the body of Josh Collins.  Collins was found to have died from a gunshot wound.  Joe Franklin of the Yuma Police Department says this crime is not typical.



Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon sustained several stab wounds.  A third person, Angela Cochnauer was also confronted by Collins on Saturday morning.  It was during the altercation police say Collins was shot and killed.  During the confrontation, both Cochnauer and Spurgeon received blunt force trauma to the head. Spurgeon also received multiple stab wounds.  Both were transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

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