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Ex-NFL player shot dead by Calif. cops

David Turner
Former Bengal David Turner (Provided by Turner's family, KBAK-TV) KBAK-TV

(CBS/AP) Former Cincinnati Bengals running back David "Deacon" Turner is dead after a confrontation with deputies outside a Bakersfield convenience store.

Kern County sheriff's officials say deputies were called to the store a little before 1 a.m. Sunday after getting a report that a group of juveniles were trying to get adults to buy liquor and cigarettes for them.

When deputies arrived, they detained Turner as he left the store carrying alcoholic beverages, accompanied by his 19-year-old son and a 16-year-old.

Sheriff's spokesman Craig Rennie says Turner was cooperative at first, but then hit one of the deputies in the back of the head with a bag containing canned beer that he was carrying.

Another deputy then fired twice at Turner. The 56-year-old Turner died a short while later at a local hospital.

Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff's Office are investigating the shooting.

According to, Turner was a star running back at San Diego State University before playing three seasons with the Bengals from 1978 to '80. In 44 career games he rushed for 549 yards on 142 carries and scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.

The website reports that Deputy Wesley Kraft, who fatally shot Turner, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.