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Detroit News staff and wires
Zurlon Tipton

Greenwood, Ind. — Former Central Michigan and Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton Jr. was arrested for firing a gun outside a suburban Indianapolis home, police said.

The Indianapolis Star reports Tipton is charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred early Christmas morning outside his girlfriend's home. He was released on a $3,000 bond following his arrest.

Tipton told Greenwood police he went to the home after receiving threatening texts from his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, indicating the woman was going to be harmed.

Police say he fired one round from an AR-15 assault weapon, incorrectly believing the ex-boyfriend was in the home.

Tipton did not immediately respond to a message left at a number listed to him.

Tipton played for the Colts the last two seasons. He was recently released.

Tipton played at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian High and was a Detroit News All-State player in 2008. He rushed for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012 at CMU but was not drafted, and signed with the Colts as a free agent.

Tipton finished his CMU career with 2,463 yards and 34 touchdowns.