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Former Indianapolis Colts RB Zurlon Tipton Dead At 26 After Accidentally Shooting Himself (Video)

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Zurlon Tipton has passed away after accidentally shooting himself.

According to ESPN, the 26-year old was at a car dealership in Roseville, Michigan, when he reached into his duffle bag that contained two guns.  A.45-caliber semiautomatic went off, firing a round into his stomach. 

He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Both guns were registered to Tipton, who had a concealed carry license.

“The pistol deployed and the man staggered back about eight to 12 feet, then collapsed,” the dealership’s manager Mark DeMara told the Macomb Daily. “We have an employee here who used to work for the fire department and he began working on the man.”

Zurlon Tipton shot himself in the stomach at Mike Riehl’s Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Roseville, according to police.

“He was conscious and speaking as he was being placed into the ambulance,” said Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon. “He was on the passenger side of the Jeep, while the service tech was on the driver’s side when the gun went off.”

Tipton played running back for the Indianapolis Colts during the 2014-2015 season. He made the team after going undrafted out of Central Michigan.

“Zurlon was a dude you rooted for — an undrafted, talented, hardworking player who always seemed to have a smile on his face. His personality was contagious,” Colts long snapper Matt Overton told ESPN’s Mike Wells. “He will always be our brother. He is family. Today is a tough day for many. Prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

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