** FILE ** In this Aug. 4, 2006 file photo, Dale S. Hausner, one of two suspects arrested in the serial shooter case, is seen during his initial court appearance in Maricopa County court at the jail in Phoenix. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas testified Friday, April 18, 2008 he authorized emergency police wiretaps in 2006 to "stop the killing" in Phoenix's Serial Shooter case. (AP Photo/Jack Kurtz, Pool, File)
** FILE ** Dale Hausner holds up six fingers while referencing the six counts of murder the jury convicted him of in the Serial Shooter case Thursday, March 26, 2009 in Phoenix. A jury sentenced Hausner to six death terms in a series of murders that put the city on edge for nearly two years. (AP Photo/ Pat Shannahan, POOL)
-Dale Hausner takes the stand in his own behalf in Maricopa County Superior Court, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. He is the main suspect in a series of random nighttime shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006. He told the court that he ever shot anyone and said he never saw anybody else shoot at anyone either.(AP Photo/ Tom Tingle,pool)
Dale Hausner, right, suspected of participating in a serial killing spree is lead into a 4th Avenue Jail by a Phoenix police officer following his arrest in the early morning of Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, in Phoenix. Hausner and his accomplice Samuel Dieteman are believed to be responsible for as many as 30 shootings, including 6 murders.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Dale Hausner, left, talks with his attorney Ken Everett during his trial in the Maricopa County Superior Court Monday, Oct. 6, 2008. Hausner, one of two men arrested in the "Serial Shooters" case, has pleaded not guilty in eight killings and 20 other attacks that occurred during 2005 and 2006. (AP Photo/Pool, Mark Henle)
Dale Hausner takes the stand in his own behalf in Maricopa County Superior Court,in Phoenix, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. He is the main suspect in a series of random nighttime shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006. He told the court that he ever shot anyone and said he never saw anybody else shoot at anyone either.(AP Photo/ Tom Tingle,pool)
Dale Hausner, left, looks at his lawyer, Ken Everett in court Friday afternoon, March 13, 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz. Hausner was convicted Friday of six murders in a series of nearly 30 attacks in 2005 and 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Henle, Pool)
Dale Hausner, center, sits in court Friday afternoon, March 13, 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz. Hausner was convicted Friday of six murders in a series of nearly 30 attacks in 2005 and 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Henle, Pool)
Dale Hausner a former janitor convicted two weeks ago of killing six people and attacking 19 others in random nighttime shootings, waits to listen to the judge sentence him to six death sentences in Maricopa Superior Court in downtown Phoenix on Friday, March 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Schennum,pool) POOL
Dale Hausner testifies in his own defense in Maricopa county Superior Court Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009 in Phoenix. Hausner is on trial for a series of murders and shootings in the Phoenix area. (AP Photo/Julio Jimenez/Pool)
'Serial shooter' dead: Tribune coverage over the years...
From May 2005 through August 2006, the greater Phoenix area was
under siege by what would become known as the 'serial
shootings.' During that time, and through Wednesday's
announcement of convicted shooter Dale Hausner's death, the
East Valley Tribune (in print and online) has published more than
200 stories chronicling the eight murders and nearly 30 other
shooting incidents associated with Hausner and his accomplices.
Read those stories here. [NOTE: Some stories contain hyperlinks
that may no longer work. We apologize for any inconvenience.]
The Pinal County Medical Examiner has ruled the recent death of convicted “serial shooter” Dale Hausner a suicide.
According to a press release, the examiner’s report indicates the 40-year-old Hausner’s June 19 death was caused by amitriptyline intoxication. Amitryptiline is an antidepressant used to treat depression and pain. Hausner was discovered unresponsive in his cell on June 19 and was treated Arizona Department of Corrections staff and medical responders attempted life-saving measures before he was transported to Florence Hospital in Anthem, where he was pronounced dead.
The examiner's report is part of an ongoing investigation into Hausner's death.
Known as the “serial shooter,” Hausner was convicted of 80 crimes — consisting of six first-degree murder counts, attempted murder, cruelty to animals and others — in 2009 for a series of random attacks on pedestrians, cyclists, dogs and horses that began in May 2005 and ended in August 2006. The “serial shooter” spree came at the same time as an unrelated serial killer case, which became known as the case of the “Baseline Killer,” that kept Valley watch groups on high alert during the summer of 2006.