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Former CMU RB dies in accidental shooting

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ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP/WNEM) -

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."

A representative with the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tipton died at a hospital on Tuesday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

"This is shocking and tragic news and our condolences go out to Zurlon's family and friends. 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."

- CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke

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