Tuesday, July 12, 2011

'Deacon' Turner Dead: Former NFL Player Killed By Police

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back David Lee ‘Deacon’ Turner was shot and killed by a Kern County deputy after allegedly hitting an officer in front of a Bakersfield California convenience store, reports ESPN. He was 56.

On the day on the incident, deputies were investigating reports of teens asking adults to buy them alcohol and cigarettes. Deputies approached Turner as he exited the convenience store with his 19-year-old son and an unidentified minor.

Court records show an arrest history stretching back to 1986 for the former running back and kick return specialist. The most recent, on June 17, was for driving while his license was revoked because of a conviction for driving under the influence.

On Sunday, deputies were investigating reports of teenagers asking adults to buy alcohol and cigarettes. The deputies approached Turner as he left the store with his 19-year-old son and a 16-year-old juvenile whom authorities have not identified.

The deputies detained Turner while they investigated. According to reports from the sheriff's office, Turner initially complied with deputies but then decided to leave.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood said department investigators were getting tapes from video cameras at the store to see if the incident was recorded. He said the investigation won't be quick, and he will review the results. He said he has purposely not researched Turner's criminal background.

"I want to look at it with an open and objective mind," Youngblood said. "Having a record is a tiny piece of the puzzle, but not a significant piece."

He declined to comment about the investigation directly. The department issued a release saying Nadal was treated and released at a hospital. Officials have not described the nature of his injury.Kraft is on administrative leave while sheriff's detectives investigate the shooting.

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