Stabbing in Tullahoma

Johnny Lee Turner… Photo provided by the CCSD.

A Tullahoma man is in the Coffee County Jail and another was transported to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville with injuries to his liver.
According to warrants obtained by Tullahoma Police Investigator Sgt. Harry Conway, Johnny Lee Turner, 40, of Freeman Circle, Tullahoma was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest and violation of probation following an incident that occurred on Jan. 28.
The warrants allege that Turner stabbed an individual in the stomach area causing a laceration to the man’s liver. The warrants allege that the stabbing was the result of an argument over drugs and occurred outside Ada Ferrell Apartments.
According to warrants, Officer George Dodson responded about a fight at the apartments, when he arrived he was advised that Turner had left the area. Officer Dodson spotted the vehicle on Freeman street and attempted to stop the driver who drove away. The officer finally got Turner to stop and arrested him. As the officer was attempting to handcuff Turner the man allegedly fought with the officer to prevent him from handcuffing him.
The victim was transported by ambulance to the Nashville hospital where he underwent surgery to repair his injuries.
Turner is being held under on bond of $37,000. He is to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Feb. 15.