Report: Former Colts RB dead after shooting himself

By Vincent Frank

Zurlon Tipton, who played for the Indianapolis Colts in each of the past two seasons, has reportedly died after shooting himself in Michigan on Tuesday morning.

Tipton, 26, played 16 games for the Colts over the past two seasons. The Central Michigan product was arrested back in December after being accused of firing an assault rifle (via the Indy Star).

That incident came just five days after his final game with the Colts.

Tuesday’s accidental shooting came after a gun in his car was discharged.

Here’s a snippet from a local CBS affiliate in Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon.

“The man 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. He was taken to the hospital in good condition, but later died.”

Tipton signed with the Colts as an un-drafted free agent prior to the 2014 season. Playing primarily on special teams, he recorded a total of 38 rushing yards in two seasons with the team.