Cocopah Police Chief Not Charged for Losing His Gun, Which Was Allegedly Found by a Child

A Yuma man found Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon's gun last month -- because the man's 6-year-old son was pointing it right at him -- but the police chief won't be charged.

The Yuma Police Department had investigated the incident, as a police spokesman said Spurgeon left it at an acquaintance's apartment in the city.

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The Yuma Sun reports that the case was transferred over to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review, and "the case was dismissed because prosecutors felt there was no reasonable likelihood of a conviction."

Police say Spurgeon accidentally left his gun behind after visiting this acquiaintance on Saturday, and the next morning, the 6-year-old boy pointed his new gun at dad.

The man was able to disarm his boy without incident, and the youngster told his father that he just found it on the floor.

Yuma police said it appeared that Spurgeon endangered the two adults and two children who lived in that apartment, but apparently not, according to the MCAO.

The Cocopah Indian Tribe issued a statement at the time saying it's "definitely out of character" for Spurgeon -- a cop for almost 30 years -- to do something like this. Spurgeon's still on leave.

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Matthew Hendley
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