Report Finds Deputy Acted Within Policy In Fatal Shooting Of Former NFL Player

BAKERSFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a Bakersfield sheriff’s deputy did not violate department policy when he fatally shot a former NFL player after a scuffle at a convenience store.

The Bakersfield Californian reports that the Kern County Sheriff’s Incident Review Board issued its finding Monday, a day after NAACP members questioned whether the shooting of David Lee “Deacon” Turner was justified.

The 56-year-old one-time Cincinnati Bengals running back died July 10. He was shot twice after authorities say he hit a deputy with a bag containing two cans of beer.

Turner’s adult son and daughter were arrested when they lashed out at law enforcement officials upon learning of the death.

Turner played with the Bengals from 1978 to 1980. He had a long arrest history after his playing career was finished.

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