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Ex-Michigan State player Appling wanted in fatal shooting

FILE - In this March 30, 2014, file photo, Michigan State's Keith Appling walks past head coach Tom Izzo in the closing minutes of their 60-54 loss to Connecticut in a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament in New York. Former Michigan State basketball player Appling faces drug charges after authorities say they found heroin in his vehicle that he planned to sell. Appling, on parole after serving jail time for gun and resisting-arrest charges, was arraigned Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in a Warren courtroom on charges of delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Detroit police named a former Michigan State University basketball star as the suspect in a deadly shooting late Saturday.

Keith Appling, 29, was wanted in connection to the shooting death of a 66-year-old man, according to a police news release. The slain man was not immediately identified.

Police said Appling and the man got into an argument Saturday evening that escalated into a physical fight. Appling is accused of firing several shots, fatally wounding the man. Police said Appling drove away from the scene and has not been captured.

Appling faced drug charges in February 2020, and according to news outlets was sentenced in December to 18 months probation. In 2017, he was sentenced to a year in jail for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting police.

Appling played for Michigan State from 2010 to 2014. He also played basketball overseas and had two brief contracts with the Orlando Magic.