Report: Former Colts RB Zurlon Tipton Killed in Accidental Shooting
According to Indianapolis WTTV CBS 4, former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton was killed in an accidental shooting on Tuesday after one of his guns was discharged:
"“A former Indianapolis Colts running back died Tuesday after a gun in his car was accidentally discharged.(Zurlon) Tipton pulled into the service bay at a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Roseville, Michigan around 9:30 a.m., according to WJBK.He went to take a duffel bag out of the trunk of his vehicle, and one of the two guns inside the bag reportedly went off. He was struck in the stomach. Tipton was taken to the hospital in good condition, but later died. He was 26 years old.”"
The former Central Michigan standout played 2 seasons for the Colts, having originally been signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
During his 2-year tenure with the team, Tipton appeared in 16 games, rushing for 38 yards on 15 carries (2.5 ypc avg) along with 11 receptions for 125 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.
He was also a member of the Colts practice squad in 2014.
As a backup running back for the team, Tipton saw time as a 3rd down running back and also played a key role on special teams this past season.
The 26 year old running back was released in late December and was subsequently charged with criminal recklessness–effectively ending his time with the team.
It’s with heavy hearts that we offer our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends, and former Colts teammates: