Former Colts RB Zurlon Tipton Dead At Age 26

Former Colts running back Zurlon Tipton was killed in an accidental shooting, according to WJBK in Detroit. Tipton was 26 years old. Zurlon Tipton (vertical)

Police say Tipton pulled into a service bay at a Michigan car dealership this morning and went to take a duffel bag out of his trunk. The duffel bag had two guns inside, according to the police report, and one of the guns accidentally went off, which led to Tipton being shot in the stomach. Tipton was able to converse with people around him as he was being placed in an ambulance, but he later died at the hospital.

Tipton had an unfortunate history with guns. In December of last year, he was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after he reportedly went to his girlfriend’s home and shot a round from a Colt AR-15 rifle into the house. Reportedly, Tipton’s then girlfriend asked him to protect her as she was receiving threatening texts from an ex-boyfriend. Even though shots were fired in her home, the ex-boyfriend was apparently not there.

Tipton joined the Colts as a UDFA prior to the 2014 season. He was waived by the team on December 21, 2015, just prior to the aforementioned arrest. In his two seasons with the Colts, Tipton appeared in 16 games and rushed for 38 yards off of 15 carries.

We here at Pro Football Rumors extend our heartfelt condolences to Tipton’s family.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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5 comments on “Former Colts RB Zurlon Tipton Dead At Age 26

  1. for the police… PLEASE tell us what kind of gun specifically discharged
    and how did it happen? Was it a fault somehow of the gun or did the
    gun owner make a seriously bad mistake. Please tell us the exact make
    and model of the pistol or perhaps a rifle if it was a rifle that went off.

    • JD396

      I am pretty sure that the make of the gun is not as important as the fact that any two guns, obviously at least one of them loaded, were being carried in and out of the vehicle in a duffel bag at a car dealership. You can take duffel bags full of properly secured loaded firearms and lob them off of the top of the Empire State building and they are not going to go off.


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