SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Former professional baseball player Charles Haeger, hunted from the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend at a Phoenix suburb, has been discovered dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the Grand Canyon, police stated.
Haeger’s body was found at roughly 4 litres on a course across the South Rim of those Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale Police Department spokesman, said in a statement Saturday night.
Police were searching Haeger, 37, on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting Friday, Hoster said.
The victim was identified by authorities Saturday nighttime as Danielle Breed, 34. Breed possessed The Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill at Scottsdale, that the Arizona Republic reported.
Earlier Saturday, Haeger’s unoccupied automobile was discovered close to Flagstaff in northern Arizona, police stated. Flagstaff is 118 km north of Scottsdale.
Haeger, that a knuckleball pitcher, has been drafted from the Chicago White Sox at 2001, plus he also pitched 83 innings in the significant leagues from 2006 into 2010. His career included stints with all the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox organizations.
Hoster said researchers determined that a man roommate of the victim heard gunshots when he returned to the house Friday and moments later Haeger arose in the victim’s bedroom using a handgun.
“Haeger then pointed the handgun at the roommate. The roommate quickly escaped out of the back of the residence, and he was able to get a neighbor to call 911,” Hoster said in a statement.
Responding police discovered the victim dead in her bedroom, Hoster said.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.