A former running back for the Indianapolis Colts is dead after accidentally shooting himself. The tragedy occurred at an auto dealership in Roseville, Michigan. Zurlon Tipton was getting his Jeep serviced when he reached into his bag that contained 2 firearms and one of the guns went off hitting him in his stomach.
In a statement published by the Detroit News, Mark DeMara, general manager of Mike Riehl’s Roseville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership, summarized the tragic event:
A gentleman … brought a vehicle into our service department between 9 and 9:30 this morning. He had a transmission leak in his vehicle. At some point, he reached into a duffel bag that was in the passenger seat of his vehicle and the pistol that was in there deployed and shot the gentleman in the abdomen.
Tipton was still alert when ambulances arrived to rush him to the hospital. However later that day he, unfortunately, died from his wounds.
He was the only one injured in the shooting, which authorities are officially considering to be an “accidental discharge.”
The gun that went off was a .45 caliber semi-automatic, Police Chief James Berlin said, and it was owned and carried legally by Tipton, who had a concealed pistol license.
However, he did have a history of getting into trouble with guns. Last Christmas, the Detroit News reports, he was arrested and charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after firing an AR-15 assault weapon outside his girlfriend’s house.
Tipton reportedly told police that he fired the gun off as a warning shot to scare his girlfriends Ex who he thought was trying to harm his girlfriend. Tipton was recently released by the Colts in December. He played 16 games over the last two seasons and never had much success.
Although his professional career was lackluster, he was a standout at Central Michigan, scoring 19 touchdowns and rushing for almost 1,500 yards in 2012.
H/T America Now