• Police said Charles Haeger died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • His girlfriend, Danielle Breed, was found dead at her residence in Arizona
  • Haeger was a former knuckleball pitcher in Major League Baseball

Former Major League Baseball player Charles Haeger, who was being sought for the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend, was found dead in northern Arizona on Saturday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Haeger, 37, was being sought on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in connection with the death of 34-year-old Danielle Breed. She was found dead at her residence in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, CNN reported.

Haeger’s body was discovered at around 4 p.m. EDT on a trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon after his car was found unoccupied near Flagstaff earlier that day, Scottsdale Police Department spokesperson Ben Hoster said in a statement. Flagstaff is 118 miles north of Scottsdale.

On Friday, Breed's male roommate heard gunshots when he returned to their residence and saw Haeger emerge from her bedroom moments later with a handgun. Haeger then pointed the gun at the unidentified roommate, who managed to escape and get a neighbor to call 911, Hoster said in the statement.

The Scottsdale Police SWAT team responded to the scene and placed barricades in an attempt to stop Haeger from fleeing, but he managed to escape.

Breed, a former big-league pitcher, owned the Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale, The Arizona Republic reported.

Haeger, a knuckleball pitcher, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2001. He pitched 83 innings in the majors from the years 2006 to 2010, according to MLB.

During his career in the MLB, he played with several teams including the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN reported. He was a pitching coach for Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., in 2014, and also a minor league pitching coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 2016 to 2018.

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