Police say Distraught Murf. Man Fires Shot, Refuses to Surrender

Aug 8, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police were able to successfully defuse a potentially tragic standoff yesterday afternoon.

Police say that just after the lunch hour they responded to a “shots fired” call from the 1300 block of Windsor Street. On arriving, Ralph Turley told officers that his son, Robert, had fired the shot and had also held a sawed-off shotgun to his own throat. 

Officers located Robert Turley hiding in the bushes at the side of the house, but the 37 year-old man refused to come out or show his hands. While one officer kept Turley covered, the other patrolman wrestled him out of the bushes and to the ground to be handcuffed.

The incident reportedly began after Robert Turley arrived home distraught after being arrested the night before.

He now faces a second set of charges, including Reckless Endangerment, Resisting Arrest, Suicidal Attempt, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

In addition to the sawed-off shotgun, police say Robert Turley was also in possession of a large knife.