Saturday, August 05, 2006

More On The Phoenix Snipers

More details about the arrest of the Phoenix snipers, Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman. Making the case infinitely more sad is this:

Hausner's daughter, who is terminally ill and requires a feeding tube, was inside the apartment in Mesa that Hausner and Dieteman apparently shared. Because of that, police declined to enter the apartment.

"That weighed heavily on our decision-making on when and how to make the arrest," Louis said.

"We told the SWAT team to effect the arrest but only when the child was taken out of the equation."

The police waited until the suspects emerged from the apartment before making the arrest. The stress of the girl's illness and the breakdown of his relationship with the girl's mother no doubt contributed to his pathology. Hausner also lost two sons in 1994:
From a fatal car crash that claimed the lives of his two boys 12 years ago to accusations of drug abuse and domestic rage, the 33-year-old Mesa resident seemed to teeter between grief and anger.

"For the last 10 years, I have lived with extreme guilt and battled serious depression and many other things," Hausner wrote in a 2004 letter to friends and co-workers. "I now have a chance to do things right this time around."

He's of course referring to the birth of his daughter.

Dieteman's history is less well known beyond a history of compulsive petty crime.

The break in the case came when police tied the pair to two arson cases at west Valley Wal-Marts. At this point, police aren't saying exactly how that information ties in, but I suspect it had something to do with the car the pair drove, which was caught on the tape. The pair implicated themselves in the sniper shootings after they were arrested.

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