A former professional baseball pitcher is wanted by Scottsdale, Arizona, police in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend in the Phoenix suburb Friday, ABC15 reports.
Charlie Haeger’s abandoned Plymouth Voyager was found Saturday afternoon near Flagstaff, 118 miles from Scottsdale.
Police were told by the ex-girlfriend’s male roommate that he heard gunshots in the victim’s bedroom, and moments later Haeger, 37, exited the room holding a gun.
The witness said Haeger pointed the gun at him, but he escaped through a back door and called 911 from and neighbor’s home.
Police arrived at about 7 p.m. and called in a SWAT team to assist because it was unclear whether Haeger was still inside. When they were able to enter the house, they found the victim dead.
“Haeger is still outstanding,” Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt Ben Hoster told ESPN. “We are coordinating with law enforcement in northern Arizona as we continue to search for the suspect.”
Haeger “should be considered armed and dangerous,” Hoster said.
Baseball-reference.com says Haeger was drafted by the Chicago White Sox from Detroit Catholic Central High School in 2001 and also played with the Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 2006 and 2010, finishing with a 2-7 record and 6.40 ERA.
Haeger briefly retired from baseball in 2002, while still in the minor leagues, to pursue a career in professional golf, but he returned to the White Sox organization in 2004, the White Sox said.
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[Featured image: Charlie Haeger in 2008/AP Photo/M. Spencer Green/File]