Former MLB pitcher Charles Haeger was found dead on Saturday, October 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The news of his death came just one day after he was suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed.
According to law enforcement, the baseball star died from “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” He reportedly shot himself at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Read on to learn more about the sad situation.
Just hours before Haeger reportedly killed himself, Scottsdale police officers responded to shots in a Phoenix suburb, according to E! News.
“When officers arrived at the residence, witness information and evidence at the scene indicated that a possible suspect might be present,” a statement explained.
The police report also revealed that Breed’s male roommate returned home when he heard gunshots coming from her bedroom. He then saw Haeger leaving her room with a handgun, which is when the athlete pointed the gun at the roommate.
“The roommate quickly escaped out of the back of the residence, and he was able to get a neighbor to call 9-1-1,” the report said.
The Scottsdale Police Department was looking to arrest Haeger prior to his suicide.
During his time in the MLB, Haeger played for the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, and the Boston Red Sox.
After learning about Breed’s death but prior to Haeger’s suicide, the Chicago Cubs released a statement.
“First, we would like to express our condolences to the family of Danielle Breed. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” Chicago Cubs vice president of communications, Julian Green, said in a statement to The Athletic.
“Charles Haeger was hired by the Chicago Cubs organization as a minor league pitching coach in November 2019.”
The statement continued, “Haeger initially attended Spring Training activities, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic which suspended operations and forced the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League season, his role and team interactions have been limited.”
Haeger stopped playing professional baseball in 2013 and started to work as a pitching coach.
He coached Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan in 2014 before becoming the Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitching coordinator from 2016 to 2018.
As previously mentioned, he was supposed to coach the Chicago Cub’s AA minor-league team, the Tennessee Smokies, in 2020, but the season was canceled due to COVID-19.