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Zurlon Tipton, former Colts running back, dead after accidentally shooting himself

Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton warms up

Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton warms up as a goal post is wrapped in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Photo Credit: AP/ John Minchillo

ROSEVILLE, Mich. — Zurlon Tipton, a former Indianapolis Colts running back, has died after accidentally shooting himself at a car dealership in suburban Detroit. He was 26.

St. John Hospital spokesman Brian Taylor confirmed Tipton’s death Tuesday. Police say he was handling a duffel bag when a gun in the bag fired as he dropped off his car in Roseville.

Tipton appeared in 16 games over two seasons for the Colts, gaining 38 yards on 15 carries. He was released by the team in December.

The Detroit native played college football at Central Michigan. Tipton’s best season was 2012 when he scored 19 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 1,500 yards. Injuries limited him to only five games in 2013, his senior season.

CMU says the death is “shocking and tragic.”

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