Losing Custody of Son Appeared to Set Off Troubled Dallas Gunman, Family Says

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DALLAS — In April, a decider here rendered a preference that seemed to finally invert James L. Boulware’s uneasy life. Ending a quarrel that had played out for years in court, Mr. Boulware mislaid a control conflict with his mom over his 11-year-old son. At emanate was his story of assault opposite his mother, who told a decider in justice papers that he had mental problems, and whose claim that he had attempted to throttle her led a military to detain him in 2013.

Losing full control of a child seemed to trigger a fury that led to a night shootout with a military and, ultimately, his death, according to relatives.

“James finally reached a end, and he broke,” Mr. Boulware’s father, Jim Boulware, pronounced in an talk Saturday evening. Referring to a police, he pronounced his son “looked during them as being a instrument that yanked his son divided from him.”

Investigators continued Sunday to slight justification collected during dual crime scenes after a conflict a day before. Driving an armored van, Mr. Boulware discharged shots into a run of Police Headquarters during a corner of downtown Dallas early Saturday and discharged during officers who rushed to respond, a authorities said. He also placed bags with siren bombs outward a building and rammed a unit car.

James L. Boulware

Dallas Police Department

Police officers chased him to a fast-food grill parking lot in circuitously Hutchins, where he exchanged gunfire with officers and began an hourslong deadlock inside his outpost that finished when a military sniper fatally shot him by a front windshield.

The military pronounced in a matter on Sunday that a 14 officers who “engaged a suspect” were placed on executive leave during a investigation, a slight procedure. “The crime stage outward Dallas Police Headquarters has been cleared, and work to free a run to a open is ongoing,” a matter read.

Court papers and interviews with kin and neighbors etch Mr. Boulware, 35, as a male struggling during times with mental illness, spooky with mass shootings and vital a kind of weak life. He slept in his automobile behind a grocery store when he was homeless and, even when he had a home in a East Texas city of Paris, lived though electricity or using H2O and used a wood-burning stove.

Recently, he boasted to his father about a good understanding he had gotten on a armored outpost he purchased online. He seemed to have bought it on eBay for $8,250, from a Georgia association that described it on Facebook as a “Zombie Apocalypse Assault Vehicle and Troop Transport.” He told his father it had a some-more unsentimental purpose: He slept in it when he had no other place to stay.

“I suspicion it was strange, though people today militarize vans and all else,” his father said. “He called it an R.V.”

Mr. Boulware spent several of a final few years in a one-story white residence on a feeble paved travel in Paris, during times with his brother, those in a area said. It is a partial of city where dull lots grow furious and guns are kept within strech of front doors. But Mr. Boulware kept a grass neat, and remodeled a residence roughly from tip to bottom, his neighbors said.

Neighbors, many of whom did not wish to be identified, pronounced he would spasmodic go to another residence to get buckets of water. One neighbor pronounced Mr. Boulware had managed to energy lamps by wiring them to a hybrid car. After an ice storm, he bought a paunch stove, chopping and blazing a depressed branches around a area for heat. He worked for a time during a Home Depot in town, and infrequently sole boxes of shotgun shells to neighbors.

One neighbor, Paula Watson, pronounced Mr. Boulware would mostly fly into shrill rages when he was in a center of some paltry charge like mowing his lawn. “He was really insane during a world,” she said. “I feel contemptible for him since he indispensable help.”

One day in late Apr 2013, Mr. Boulware’s mother, Jeannine Hammond, was scheming breakfast in a kitchen of her Dallas home when she listened her son, she pronounced in justice documents, “ranting about North and South Korea and about murdering all a Jews and Christians.” She after told military officers that when she done a criticism about him “going to hell,” he reacted by putting his hands around her neck and choking her. Her criticism of being choked by Mr. Boulware was doubtful by Mr. Boulware’s father, her ex-husband.

Mr. Boulware fled behind to Paris before a Dallas military arrived. As he headed to Paris, Mr. Boulware “called his hermit and threatened to mistreat him,” Chief Bob Hundley of a Paris military said. “He told him he had usually beaten adult their mom and was on a approach to Paris and afterwards done a criticism that he might fire adult some schools and churches on a way.”

Schools were put on lockdown in response, and military officers fanned out looking for him. They eventually arrested him “pretty most though incident,” Chief Hundley said.

The box was discharged in 2014 after prosecutors told a decider that Mr. Boulware had complied with a terms of an agreement.

For all a panic his hazard had caused in Paris in 2013, a authorities seemed to remove seductiveness in him. Chief Hundley pronounced he had not been wakeful that Mr. Boulware had returned to a same residence in Paris, and had sole it usually recently.