On Saturday, MLB star Charles Haeger, 37, was found dead by Scottsdale, Arizona police, just one day after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend. According to local law enforcement, Haeger died from “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound” at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Authorities suspected Haeger had been involved in the killing of his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed, 34, on Friday. When Scottsdale patrol officers responded to a “sound of shots” in a Phoenix suburb, they found an “adult female deceased inside the home.”
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The police report stated that when Breed’s roommate returned to the house, he heard “multiple gunshots” coming from her bedroom. He then reportedly saw Haeger leaving Breed’s bedroom with a handgun. “Haeger then pointed the handgun at the roommate,” according to the police report. “The roommate quickly escaped out of the back of the residence, and he was able to get a neighbor to call 911.”
Haeger’s car was found unoccupied on Saturday afternoon, a few hours before he was found dead. On Saturday evening, the Scottsdale Police Department tweeted, “This was a domestic violence situation. The suspect was located in Northern Arizona this afternoon and took his own life.”
Before learning about Haeger’s death, the Chicago Cubs issued a statement regarding his ex-girlfriend. “First, we would like to express our condolences to the family of Danielle Breed,” Cubs vice president of communications, Julian Green, said in a statement to The Athletic. “Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”
The statement added that Haeger had been hired by the Chicago Cubs as a minor league pitching coach in November 2019. Although he initially attended Spring Training activities, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League season.
Haeger, who was born in Livonia, Michigan, previously played for the Chicago White Sox, the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox. He was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his professional debut with the AZL White Sox.
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