Former NFL running back for the Indianapolis Colts Zurlon Tipton died after accidentally shooting himself while removing a bag containing two firearms from his vehicle at a Jeep dealership in Roseville, Michigan this morning.
According to The Detroit News, the incident is being treated as an accidental discharge:
“A gentleman ... brought a vehicle into our service department between 9 and 9:30 this morning,” said Mark DeMara, general manager of Mike Riehl’s Roseville Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership on Gratiot Avenue between 10 and 11 Mile. “He had a transmission leak in his vehicle. At some point, he reached into a duffel bag that was on the passenger seat of his vehicle and the pistol that was in there deployed and shot the gentleman in the abdomen.”
Tipton was awake after the shooting and transported to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries. He was 26.
The running back played 16 games over two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts before being waved back in December.
Via Automotive News