ROSEVILLE, Mich.– 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.
No other injuries were reported.
On December 25, 2015, Tipton was arrested in Greenwood 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 assault rifle into the house.
Zurlon and his brother, Cortez Tipton, had left a party in Brownsburg upon receiving texts from Zurlon’s girlfriend that her life was in danger due to threatening text messages from her ex-boyfriend. As it turned out, the boyfriend was not in the house and the Tiptons fled. They were caught a short time later by Greenwood police.
Tipton was signed by the Colts after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft. He was waved by the Colts on December 21, 2015.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief shared his condolences on Twitter and Instagram:
Baby boy you gone but not forgotten.. Lil bro gone hold it down for you and remember the motto.. "Don't wait for it go and get it." It's crazy I just got that phone call bro cause I just talk to you and we talked about the future and teams giving you your second chance. No matter where I'm at or what team I'm on ill have that 37 on my wrist or glove. I'm go make sure your "little mama" good as in what you would say. Go up there and be the best running back in heaven. Rest easy 37!!!! Crazy you gone this early. My next vehicle gone be a jeep Brodie I promised you that and I won't break that promise. All love this way. I never told you but most of my family from Detroit mane never know we could have been blood cousins you know how that goes. "Little Mama" gone be good I promise you Brodie. You in a better place one love. #flyhigh37