Ex-Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling a suspect in fatal shooting in Detroit

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Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling has been named a suspect in a fatal shooting that happened Saturday night on Detroit's west side.

According to the Detroit Police Department, Appling, 29, and a 66-year-old man had a verbal altercation that became physical.

Police say Appling fired multiple gunshots and then fled the scene in a newer model tan-colored Buick Regal.

The 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Further details about the victim or what led to the deadly shooting were not available Saturday night.

Appling, the 2010 Michigan Mr. Basketball out of Detroit Pershing, played four years at Michigan State and was the team's leading scorer his junior season. He had a few stints in the NBA G League and spent some time with the Orlando Magic in 2016. He last played professionally in Italy in 2019.

In December, Appling was sentenced to 18 months of probation after police conducting a traffic stop in Warren, Michigan found 19 grams of heroin in the car he was driving.

In 2017, Appling was sentenced to a year in jail for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting and obstructing a police officer in Wayne County, Michigan.

Police described Appling as being 6-foot-2, 200 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, and said he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who has information about Appling's whereabouts or further details about this case is asked to call the Detroit Police Department's Homicide Unit, 313-596-2260, or Crimes Stoppers at 800-SPEAK-UP.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Keith Appling : Ex-Michigan State player a suspect in fatal shooting