Report: Ex-Colts RB Zurlon Tipton killed by accidental gun discharge

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Zurlon Tipton, who played parts of the past two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, accidentally shot himself Tuesday at a Roseville, Mich., car dealership and has died at age 26.

According to, Police said Tipton pulled into a service bay at the dealership Tuesday morning and moved a duffel bag out of his trunk. The bag had two guns inside and one of them discharged into Tipton’s stomach.

Police reportedly expected Tipton to survive given that he was speaking with others at the dealership before being transported to the hospital. But the Wayne County Medical Examiner confirmed to on Tuesday afternoon that Tipton was the person shot and that he passed away after leaving the dealership.

Tipton, an undrafted free agent running back who played college football at Central Michigan, spent time on both the Colts’ roster and practice squad the past two seasons. He played in six regular-season games in 2014 and in 10 in 2015, primarily on special teams. The Colts waived him in December, and he had 15 rushes for 38 yards and 11 catches for 125 yards in his two-year career.

Tipton also played in three playoff games for the 2014 Colts, running 18 times for 68 yards and catching three passes for 22 yards.