Brian Hedglin, Springs murder suspect, tries to hijack plane before killing himself

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Update: Only hours after we posted about Brian Hedglin, a man sought by Colorado Springs authorities in the murder of Christina Cornejo (he was on bond for having allegedly harassing her earlier this year), he ended his life in a blaze of infamy.

Hedglin reportedly tried to hijack a plane in Utah before committing suicide.

Turns out Hedglin was an employee of SkyWest Airlines on administrative leave. According to the CBS News item linked above, his access cards were deactivated shortly after the discovery of Cornejo, who we're now hearing was stabbed to death.

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An image from KKTV featuring the plane that Hedglin tried to hijack in St. George, Utah.
Nonetheless, Hedglin gained access to the St. George, Utah, Municipal Airport overnight, apparently by using a rug to climb over a security fence. He then climbed aboard a SkyWest jet large enough to hold fifty passengers, although it was unoccupied at the time.

While Hedglin was able to get the craft moving, he didn't get it off the ground. Instead, CBS reports that he clipped its wing against the terminal building before crashing into cars in the airport's parking lot. Shortly thereafter, he shot himself to death.

A bizarre end to a horrific story. Get details about what led up to this conclusion in our previous coverage.

Original post, 6:49 a.m. July 17: Not hard to figure out why Brian Hedglin is being sought in connection with the murder last week of 39-year-old Christina Cornejo.

At the time of Cornejo's slaying, the Colorado Springs man was free on $10,000 bond after being accused of harassing her. Among other things.

On Friday morning, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence on the 1000 block of Cheyenne Villas Point. Their mission: to check on the welfare of a woman at that location.

The officers knocked, but no one answered, and evidence at the scene suggested that a crime had taken place. So they busted in and discovered the body of a woman subsequently identified as Cornejo. The following day, they put out an alert for Hedglin, 40, complete with a current mug shot -- one snapped as a result of actions from earlier this year outlined by the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The paper quotes court documents revealing that Cornejo had been dating Hedglin for four years when, in March, she told him she wanted to put the relationship on hold.

Hedglin doesn't appear to have taken this news well. He allegedly followed her back to her apartment, letting himself in with his key, and demanded to be repaid the cash he'd dropped on a ski vacation they were supposed to take together. She agreed, and also acquiesced when he wanted her to return things he'd given to her, all in the name of peacemaking.

But then, Hedglin is said to have grabbed her computer, yanked it from the wall, and threw it to the ground, after which he did the same to her monitor and a printer, which broke after smacking her treadmill.

At that point, Cornejo phoned a friend, who contacted police after hearing screaming on the line.

Cornejo told police Hedglin neither hit nor hurt her during the incident. For that reason, the counts against him were limited to suspicion of criminal mischief, theft and harassment. He was released on a $10,000 bond in lieu of a trial scheduled for August.

Now, however, Hedglin has the possibility of facing infinitely more serious charges. He's regarded to be armed and dangerous. If you know anything about his whereabouts, phone the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000. Here's a larger look at his mug shot.

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Brian Hedglin.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Robert Walters guilty of murdering girlfriend Brittney Brashers, not of putting hit on wife."


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David Austin
David Austin

It's human to want to assign blame to an individual or group of individuals, but in fact neither you nor I know of the events just just prior to Brian taking Christina's life (sometimes such incidents happen because said people refuse help, or isolate themselves so nobody is even aware).  If there is blame to bear I'm sure those people are beating themselves up over it, especially since Christina and her beautiful family were the most undeserving of any family of such a horrible tragedy.  I did not know Brian, but I know some who knew them and they are wonderful people - I can't imagine what hell they're going through.  The time now is to mend wounds and heal those most hurt ... and the time for vigilance and call for prevention is when the memory of it dims in the minds of those not so connected to it.

David Austin
David Austin

Juan-Leg was not referring to you Buffylover73 ... a million women are battered every day, and thank God for those who escape Christina's horribly unconscionable fate - they do so despite the rest of us not stepping in when we see the warning signs.  It was *not* your responsibility to monitor Brian's actions for the rest of his life ... that was the responsibility of the rest of us ... those who knew him at the time.  I'm sorry that you also were a victim of his at one time ... and grateful that it did not result in your death also.  Knowing now of what he was capable you should now consider your life a gift, not go through life blaming yourself for the failings of others.

Adrene11
Adrene11

This is not your fault. Please don't blame yourself. I'm sure if you truly knew he would resort to this, you would have intervened.

Kwame
Kwame

Michael is a damn good newsman!!!

Buffylover73
Buffylover73

I will live with this forever. I should have tried to contact her through Facebook to ask if she was okay. I figured a lot of what I experienced was due to us being young and stupid. I didn't think that she would want to hear anything from an ex-girlfriend. I owe her family and friends a debt I can never repay. You are so right; I had a duty to contact her even though I didn't know her. If her family reads this please know how sorry I am. I have no words for this shame I feel.

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