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Cubs minor league coach found dead after sought by police

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USA TODAY

Charlie Haeger, a Cubs minor league pitching coach and former big league pitcher, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Arizona on Saturday, police told the Associated Press.

Police sought Haeger, 37, on suspicion of murder in the shooting death Friday of his ex-girlfriend in Scottsdale, Ariz. Police identified the victim as Danielle Breed, 34, on Saturday.

Haeger's body was found on a trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, according to police. Earlier Saturday, his car was found unoccupied near Flagstaff, Ariz.

"I want to start by expressing both personally and on behalf of the whole organization our deepest sorrow, sympathy and condolences to the family of Danielle Breed (Long)," said Cubs president Theo Epstein Monday at his end-of-season press conference.

"Her senseless killing on Friday night left us all with feelings of profound shock, outrage, sadness and grief. There are two families today that are shattered and feeling unimaginable pain, and our hearts go out to them."

Haeger pitched in the big leagues with the White Sox, Padres and Dodgers from 2006-10. The Cubs hired him last offseason to be Double-A Tennessee's pitching coach, but there was no minor league season due to COVID-19.