A former Major League Baseball pitcher is wanted for the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, police said on Saturday.
Charles Haeger, 37, is wanted for murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend. The woman has been identified by her family as Danielle Long, 34, according to FOX 10 Phoenix.
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Scottsdale Police said Haeger’s unoccupied vehicle was found near Flagstaff in northern Arizona. Flagstaff is 190 km north of Scottsdale.
“Haeger is always exceptional,” Scottsdale Police spokesman Sgt. Said Ben Hoster. “We are working in coordination with law enforcement in northern Arizona as we continue to search for the suspect.
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Investigators determined that a male roommate of the victim heard gunshots upon his return to the residence on Friday and that moments later Haeger came out of the victim’s bedroom with a handgun, said Hoster said. The victim was found dead in his bedroom.
“Haeger then pointed the handgun at the roommate. The roommate quickly escaped from the back of the residence, and he was able to ask a neighbor to call 911, ”Hoster said.
Police consider Haeger to be armed and dangerous.
Jane Long, the victim’s mother, told FOX 10 Phoenix that she spoke to hear her daughter and an hour before her murder.
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“I want him to surrender. He broke a lot of people. He broke a lot of people today and he knows it. He knows he knows how close our family was. He was coming to family reunions and we’re talking about having 30 people 40 people a month, ”she said.
Haeger played five seasons in the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.