Former Colts running back Zurlon Tipton was arrested early Friday morning and charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Greenwood Police say Zurlon Tipton told them he received threatening text messages from his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, indicating the woman was going to be harmed. Tipton said he and his brother drove from a party in Brownsburg to his girlfriend's house in Greenwood to check on her.
When they arrived, Tipton told police, he believed the ex-boyfriend was at his girlfriend's house. According to the news release, Tipton fired a round from the AR-15 while standing in the driveway. The ex-boyfriend was not at the house when this happened, police say.
The Star notes that Tipton was arrested and released on bond, cooperated with police and has a valid permit to carry a handgun from the state of Michigan.
Tipton was released earlier this week after spending much of the season with the Colts on their active roster after getting promoted from their practice squad. He played in ten games with the Colts this year before being waived on Monday to make room for another running back, Trey Williams. He also played in nine games with the team last year (including playoffs) after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan, and he has spent quite a bit of time on the team's practice squad as well. Over the past two years, Tipton has played in 19 games for the Colts (including playoffs) and has rushed 33 times for 106 yards and a touchdown and caught 14 passes for 147 yards and a score.