Dale Hausner, one of Mesa’s “Serial Shooters” suspects, told jail investigators Thursday he hoarded hundreds of cold remedies and painkillers for more than a month, waiting to take his own life, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
That attempt came early Monday morning. Guards found Hausner unresponsive in a pool of his own vomit and gave him emergency care.
Hausner had kept the pills hidden in a packet of M&M’s chocolate candies, Arpaio said. Hausner swallowed 260 of the over-the-counter medications in the attempt.
In a news release, Arpaio called Hausner “clever” for being able to hide the pills from guards who would regularly sweep his Fourth Avenue Jail cell in Phoenix looking for such stashes.
Jail officials have since halted the sale of all medications except Advil for inmates. Hausner has been placed on suicide watch.
Hausner had been in solitary confinement for four months following his August arrest with roommate Sam Dieteman on suspicion of 37 shootings Valleywide. Hausner has maintained his innocence.