Former CMU RB Zurlon Tipton Dies in Accidental Shooting
According to multiple reports, former Central Michigan University running back and Indianapolis Colt Zurlon Tipton has died after accidentally shooting himself Tuesday morning at a car dealership in Roseville.
A Sterling Heights native, Tipton, 26, was pulling a duffel bag out of his vehicle at Mike Riehl’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership when the gun went off, hitting him in the stomach.
Tipton was recovering at a local hospital before passing away due to his injuries.
"This is shocking and tragic news, and our condolences go out to Zurlon’s family and friends, " said CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke in a statement. "We knew Zurlon as a good guy, a captain and a student who grew as a person and a player on his way to getting his degree at CMU. What he did on the field in his career established him as one of the top running backs in CMU history."
Starting in CMU’s backfield from 2010-13, Tipton rushed for 2,463 yards and 34 touchdowns on 461 carries during his collegiate career.
Signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 as an undrafted free agent, Tipton played for the Colts between 2014-15, rushing for 27 yards on 13 attempts, while tallying 75 receiving yards and one touchdown on seven receptions.
Tipton was waived by the Colts last December and later arrested that same month and charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after allegedly entering his girlfriend’s home in Greenwood, Ind., and firing a round from an assault rifle.