David “Deacon” Turner, a running back who spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, has lost his life due to an altercation with police, according to Bakersfield.com.
The incident occurred after police responded to reports of juveniles attempting to persuade adults to purchase alcohol for them. When the officers arrived, they saw Turner, 56, his 19-year-old son, and a 16-year-old juvenile leaving the store with bags that contained among other things alcohol.
Per the report, police initially detained Turner. He initially cooperated, but Turner then tried to leave. When the officers tried to stop Turner from leaving, he allegedly fought them.
One of the officers reportedly was struck in the back of the head with a bag containing two 24-ounce cans of beer. Another officer then drew his pistol and fired twice at Turner.
The incident is under investigation. As it should be. Deadly force is grossly excessive under these circumstances, especially when the officer surely had other means at his disposal for getting Turner to stop swinging a sack that contained a couple of cans of beer.
In 44 career games, Turner rushed for 549 yards on 142 carries. He scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving.
Our condolences go out to Turner’s family, friends, and former teammates.