David Lee "Deacon" Turner (January 2, 1955 – July 10, 2011) was a professional American football running back in the National Football League. He attended San Diego State University. He played with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1978 to 1980.

Deacon Turner
Born:(1955-01-02)January 2, 1955, Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Died:July 10, 2011(2011-07-10) (aged 56), Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Running back
CollegeSan Diego State
Career history
As player
1978–1980Cincinnati Bengals

On July 10, 2011, Turner was fatally shot during an altercation with Kern County Sheriff deputies in Bakersfield, California in which he allegedly swung a bag of unopened beer at a deputy. Witnesses at the scene alleged that one deputy struck him from behind with a baton as he attempted to walk away. His son, with him at the time, claims that deputies fired when Turner fell and the beer can that he was carrying exploded after hitting the ground. [1] He was 56 years old.


  1. ^ James Burger (July 10, 2011). "Ex-NFL player dies after early-morning fight with Sheriff's officers". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.

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