Colorado Springs fugitive tried to steal plane, committed suicide

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ST. GEORGE, Utah -- A suspect in a Colorado Springs homicide is the same man who attempted to steal a plane from a small Utah airport before committing suicide early Tuesday morning, according to reports.

CNN was told by law enforcement officials that an investigation at the St. George Airport Tuesday was focusing on a fugitive wanted on state charges. The man attempted to steal a SkyWest plane and committed suicide after he failed to get aircraft in the air.

Tthat man has been identified as Brian Hedglin, a Colorado National Guard member and SkyWest pilot. Hedglin was being sought for questioning by the Colorado Springs Police Department in connection with the death of 39-year-old Christina Cornejo, whose body was found in her southwest Colorado Springs home on July 13.

The incident at the St. George Airport occurred around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. The plane Hedglin attempted to steal, the airport terminal and some vehicles parked near the tarmac were damaged, according to St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson.

SkyWest Airlines said one of its employees on administrative leave was involved in a ground incident with an aircraft at St. George Municipal Airport and is now dead.

SkyWest Airlines said in a statement that no passengers were on board the CRJ200 and that it was not in service at the time.

"The aircraft did sustain damage; the extent of the damage is currently being inspected by our maintenance and safety professionals," the airline said. "SkyWest is cooperating with authorities in the investigation."

The FBI sent agents from its Salt Lake City office to join other agencies in the investigation.

The CRJ200 typically seats 50 passengers.