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Serial killer's death ruled a suicide in Pinal County


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.