Former Michigan State basketball star named suspect in fatal shooting
Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling is wanted in connection to a fatal shooting that took place in Detroit on Saturday.
According to the Detroit Police Department, Appling was in an altercation with a man before allegedly firing multiple gun shots and fleeing the scene in a tan-colored Buick Regal. A 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Here’s the statement from Detroit PD:
BREAKING: Right now @detroitpolice are searching for former MSU basketball star Keith Appling, who is a suspect in a fatal shooting of a 66 year old tonight in Detroit.@wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/9P8yaCYWvV
— Brett Kast WXYZ (@brettkast) May 23, 2021
Appling played for the Spartans from 2011-14. During his four-year career, he averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest.
Appling got a brief chance in the NBA, playing in five games for the Orlando Magic in 2016. He went 2-for-8 from the floor, scoring six points and committing five fouls in his short-lived NBA career.
He last played professionally for Pallacanestro Piacentina in Italy in 2019.
This is not Appling’s first run-in with the law. According to the Detroit Free Press, he was sentenced to one year in jail in 2017 for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting and obstructing a police officer in Wayne County. In 2019, he was sentenced to 18 months of probation after officers found heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop.