Fugitive Pilot Kills Self After Trying to Steal Plane

Cops: Brian Hedglin killed his girlfriend, tried to flee
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2012 6:06 PM CDT
This undated image provided by the Colorado Springs Police Department shows Brian Joseph Hedglin.   (AP Photo/Colorado Springs Police Department)

(Newser) – A murder/suicide in Utah is making headlines, and the Salt Lake Tribune and CNN piece together the tale: Police think 40-year-old Brian Hedglin fatally stabbed his girlfriend Friday night, then went on the lam. The SkyWest pilot didn't surface until Monday night, when he drove his motorcycle to St. George Airport, scaled a barbed-wire fence, and tried to steal a regional jet. He never got airborne, however, and ended up crashing through a security fence and into a parking lot. When police got there, they found him in the cockpit, where he had fatally shot himself.

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