Former Colt Zurlon Tipton arrested in suburban Indianapolis

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Posted: Dec 25, 2015 2:25 PM
Former Colt  Zurlon Tipton arrested in suburban Indianapolis

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Former Indianapolis Colts' running back Zurlon Tipton Jr. was arrested early Christmas morning for allegedly firing a gun outside a suburban Indianapolis home, according to police.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1kjFVTk ) that Tipton was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, which occurred about 1 a.m. outside his girlfriend's home, according to a news release from the Greenwood Police Department.

Tipton told police he was at a party when he received threatening text messages from his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend that indicated the woman was going to be harmed. Police said Tipton and another man drove to the woman's home, and he fired one round from an AR-15 assault weapon while in the driveway, incorrectly believing the ex-boyfriend was in the home.

Tipton, who played for the Colts for two seasons before he was released this year, was released from the Johnson County Jail on a $3,000 bond following his arrest by Greenwood police.

Tipton's agent, Cliff Brady, declined comment when reached Friday by The Associated Press. Tipton did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

Witnesses told police they saw at least one person leave the woman's home in a Jeep after the shooting. Police tracked down Tipton, who was driving a Jeep, several blocks from the home.

A loaded 9mm handgun and a loaded Colt AR-15 assault rifle were found in the vehicle, police said. Tipton cooperated during the investigation and has a valid license to carry a handgun from the state of Michigan, investigators said.

A message left with Greenwood police seeking details about the case wasn't immediately returned.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com