Former Michigan State star Keith Appling was arrested Monday by Michigan State Police after being named a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old man over the weekend in Detroit, according to Miriam Marini of the Detroit Free Press.
The 29-year-old Appling reportedly got into a verbal altercation with the victim on Saturday night. The situation turned deadly when Appling fired multiple gunshots and then fled in a Buick Regal. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police searched for Appling Sunday before finally arresting him without incident on Monday in Chelsea. A firearm was reportedly recovered at the scene. An investigation is still ongoing.
Keith Appling starred at Michigan State from 2010-14 before going undrafted. He played with the Portland Trail Blazers during Summer League in 2014 and then signed a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, only to be waived before the season. The guard spent time with the Lakers' D-League team before getting traded to the Erie BayHawks.
In 2016, Appling did get a cup of coffee in the NBA, signing multiple 10-day contracts with the Orlando Magic. He went back to the BayHawks after his second 10-day contract expired.
Unfortunately, after that is when Appling started to run afoul of the law. He served a jail term for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting a police officer after getting sentenced in 2017. In February 2020, Appling was charged with delivery or manufacture of 19 grams of heroin in a car he was trying to sell.