The man linked to a violent assault on Dallas police headquarters was accused two years earlier of choking his mother, then fleeing to an East Texas town where schools were locked down out of fear he would attack them as "soft targets," according to accounts from police and family members. Police say the suspect, who planted pipe bombs outside the headquarters and fired at officers early yesterday from his armored van, told them he was James Boulware. He was killed hours later by a police sniper, and the medical examiner still hadn't officially confirmed the man's identity. In interviews with the AP, Boulware's father recalled his son's seething anger at police after losing custody of his child, and his brother recalled that the family's attempts to get Boulware help were rebuffed.
"We had tried for two years," says his brother, Andrew Boulware. "I didn't honestly think that he would ever go this far, but it was always in the back of my mind that it was a possibility." James was arrested for family violence in Dallas two years ago after he "began talking rudely about religion, Jews and Christians" and grabbed his mother by the neck, police reports say, but the case was later dismissed. The same day as the alleged choking, Boulware was said to be in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles away, where he grabbed weapons and body armor and talked about "shooting up schools and churches." Andrew accused authorities in Dallas of ignoring family members' statements that James was mentally unstable. "They diagnosed him as sane in 15 minutes," Boulware says. (Read more police shooting stories.)