July 18, 2012- An employee of SkyWest Airlines who was wanted in connection with a murder in Colorado tried to steal a plane on Tuesday. The plane was at an airport in Utah and as the man was attempting to leave, he crashed the plane in a parking lot. Following that, the man shot and killed himself.
Brian Hedglin climbed a fence to enter the St. George Airport Tuesday to board a SkyWest jet when the airport was still closed. Hedglin threw a carpet over the top of the fence in order to not be cut with the razor wire. He then drove the plane past the terminal, clipping off the wing and crashing into a number of cars.
Officials at SkyWest said Hedglin was on leave from the airline and his access cards had been deactivated. While the plane was idling, a police officer who was making his rounds located the plane. He boarded it and found the suspect dead with one gunshot to his head.
Authorities were looking for Hedglin in connection with the killing of Christina Cornejo. Authorities found her body Friday in Colorado Springs with a number of stab wounds. Police had been conducting a welfare check at her family’s request.
Hedglin apparently dated the victim for nearly four years. He was arrested following an intense argument with her in March and was out on bond when police found Cornejo’s body.