Reports: Ex-MLB pitcher Charlie Haeger found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound while wanted for murder

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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Charlie Haeger throws to a Cincinnati Reds batter during a baseball game in Cincinnati. Police have probable cause to arrest 37-year-old Charles Haeger, a former baseball player, on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in a fatal shooting Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in a Phoenix suburn, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, a  Scottsdale Police Department spokesman. The victim’s identity was not released. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
Haeger's vehicle was reportedly found near Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Charlie Haeger, who played five seasons in MLB as a pitcher, was found dead with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday while being sought by police on suspicion of murder, according to azcentral.com.

The 37-year-old was reportedly wanted following the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed, who owned The Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale.

Haeger’s body was reportedly found on a trail in the Grand Canyon around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Haeger went on run after ex-girlfriend’s shooting death

Police reportedly responded to a report of gunshots Friday evening, when Breed’s roommate said he heard gunshots upon returning to their residence on Friday. Haeger reportedly came out of the bedroom with a handgun and pointed it at the roommate, who managed to escape and call 911.

A Scottsdale SWAT team was called to the scene and attempted to barricade Haeger from fleeing, but Haeger was able to escape.

Haeger’s car was reportedly found unoccupied near Flagstaff, Arizona, more than 100 miles from Scottsdale and the Phoenix area, on Saturday according to the AP. A police spokesperson said Haeger was to be considered “armed and dangerous” before his body was found.

Haeger most recently played for the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2010. He also appeared in MLB games with the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres, tallying up a 6.40 ERA in 83 career innings. He worked mostly as a reliever.

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