Glendale PD: Husband arrested in wife's shooting death

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Police say a Glendale woman's estranged husband has been arrested for her murder.

Edward McCauley, 58, killed 45-year-old Dawn McCauley by shooting her multiple times, according to police.

She was found slumped over a vehicle near a residence early Monday morning.

Edward McCauley was found Monday afternoon in a Nissan Sentra rental car in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant at Interstate 10 and 67th Avenue and taken into custody. McCauley told police the murder weapon was in the rental car.

According to court records, Edward McCauley sent text messages to Dawn McCauley's mother, daughter and sister that stated he had killed Dawn. The text messages were sent at about the same time the shooting was reported.

The two were married for more than 20 years. They had been separated for a year and half. They did not file for divorce because Dawn was afraid of Edward.

Apparently Edward was not happy that Dawn was living with their son in their home in the 5700 block of west Cortez Street and after the separation he threatened to burn down the house.

Dawn and her son ran into Edward at Walmart last week and he sent her a threatening text message a few hours later, the police report stated.

Dawn's family told detectives that she was too scared of Edward to obtain an order of protection against him. They also said Edward had pointed a gun at Dawn in the past. Dawn filed a police report in June 2014 when her vehicle tires were punctured. She suspected Edward did it.

During the murder investigation, police searched Edward's residence in Peoria. They found a journal entry dated Nov. 4 which said he was feeling guilty because he was going to kill Dawn in 19 days. That would have been Nov. 23.

A female friend of Edward told police on Monday that he told her that he shot his wife on Sunday night. Police also learned that on Saturday Edward gave away some of his belongings, including his truck, his gun collection and money.

After he was arrested, McCauley told investigators he waited outside the house in a rental car. He confronted her when she came out of the house. He said he hit Dawn a couple of times with a gun. He said he then shot Dawn several times as she sat in the passenger seat of her vehicle.

He was booked into a Maricopa County jail Monday night on suspicion of first-degree murder. His bond was set at $1 million cash. He will be represented by a public defender.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report