Deputy accused of assaulting wife; suspended without pay

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - A Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputy found himself on the other side of the law.

Deputy Terrell Turnage faces aggravated assault charges after being arrested Monday morning.

According to the affidavit, Turnage got into a fight with his wife when he became upset over a phone call she made. He's accused of pushing his wife to the ground and pushing her arm against her throat.

"I wouldn't expect anything like that out of Terrell. He's a good guy," said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Another neighbor, Jeremy Waller, said the accusations are a wake-up call for everyone to speak up when they see something wrong.

"I look at the deputy like they're going to uphold the law. They're going to obey the law better than regular citizens," Waller said. "Whether your husband is a police officer or a regular guy, if you're getting abused, you definitely need to let somebody know."

Turnage is out of jail on bond, but nobody was home Tuesday when WMC Action News 5 crews showed up to get his side of the story about the recent arrest.

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