2nd degree murder charges filed


Globe — A Globe man faces serious charges from multiple jurisdictions after he allegedly led police on a high-speed, fatal chase.

Jaeden Matthew Spurgeon, 18, has been charged by the Globe Police Department with kidnapping, aggravated assault on a peace officer, unlawful flight from a peace officer, domestic violence/assault, domestic violence/threats and unlawful use of means of transportation. Meanwhile, Arizona DPS has charged Spurgeon with 2nd degree murder, aggravated assault, and criminal damage.

On Monday, April 11 at about 8:30 p.m., officers from the Globe Police Department began investigating a reported domestic violence assault that occurred at the Gila County Fairgrounds, located within the Globe city limits. The suspect, Jaeden Matthew Spurgeon, 18, of Globe, reportedly assaulted his girlfriend and left with her vehicle.

At about 9:40 p.m., Globe Police Officers located Spurgeon and his vehicle near Dave’s Fast Stop in Globe. As Globe officers approached the suspect vehicle, Spurgeon accelerated toward an officer, who had to jump out of the way of the vehicle as it sped past him. Officers quickly initiated a pursuit of the vehicle.

During the pursuit, the suspect reportedly drove at speeds in excess of 90 MPH. Globe Police officers knew the identity of the suspect and the pursuit was terminated as they approached downtown Miami. Both Miami and Superior Police Departments became involved in the pursuit, however, they terminated the pursuit in Superior.

At about 10:07 p.m., the Globe Police Department was notified that Spurgeon had caused a head-on collision at milepost 216 on eastbound Highway 60. Officers from the Globe Police Department responded to the Highway 60 scene to assist the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) with their investigation of the fatal accident.

DPS reported that on Monday, April 10, at 10:06 p.m., AZDPS troopers responded to a report from Pinal County deputies advising of a possible head-on collision on US 60 at milepost 216, approximately four miles east of the SR 79 junction. The vehicle that caused the collision was reportedly driven by Spurgeon.

Preliminary information indicates the suspect drove westbound within the eastbound lanes of traffic, striking two other vehicles. The suspect was airlifted to Chandler Regional Medical Center, where he is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the first vehicle that was struck, Jennifer Lee Kurkoski, 44, of Mesa, Ariz., was airlifted from the scene to Chandler Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased.

The passenger in that same vehicle, Brandon Gee, 20, of Superior, was also airlifted to Chandler Regional Medical Center, where he is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of a third vehicle involved in the collision, a female, was evaluated by EMS personnel on scene; she refused medical treatment.

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