Jeannine Hammond says son was a "very troubled young man"
Suspect ranted that police labeled him a terrorist and took away his child
The suspect in the attack on Dallas police headquarters had a record of domestic violence and a history of custody issues, but authorities have found nothing in his past to indicate he would target police, Chief David Brown said Saturday.
Authorities said the gunman identified himself as James Boulware, but said they have not confirmed his identity.
Boulware’s father, however, told CNN that police told him that James was killed during the standoff that followed the shooting.
Jim Boulware said he thought his son would have directed his anger not at police but at his mother, who was granted custody of James Boulware’s son in April.
Jeannine Hammond said her son was “was obviously a very troubled young man.”
The mother said in a written statement released by an attorney that she thought her son’s legal loss factored into the attack. Hammond said her son showed during the trial that he was delusional.
The suspect also made threats against judges involved in his family violence cases, Brown said. He ranted during the attack that police had labeled him a terrorist, but Brown said, “right now we don’t have any nexus to terrorism with this individual” and that he was not on any terrorism watch list.
’I knew he was going to do something’
Apparently one of those judges he was referring to was Kim Cooks. She told CNN that police had checked on her Saturday morning to make sure she was OK.
Cooks, who said she was threatened multiple times by Boulware since the custody trial, told CNN she was “in shock” after hearing of the attack at Dallas police headquarters – but only because of the target.
“It doesn’t surprise me that he did something like this,” Cooks said, “I knew he was going to do something, but I always thought his target would have been me.”
After attacking the headquarters with a barrage of gunfire, the man led police on a chase to a Dallas suburb that ended with officers shooting him in his parked van.
No one else was hurt in the attack.
Brown said police found that the suspect had a record of domestic violence. He said the suspect called 911 and made a long rant in which he said police had caused him to lose custody of his child.
“There were three family violence cases against this suspect and there apparently was some type of custody issue as a result of these family violence incidents involving this suspect,” he said.
“There had been some expressions of threats toward the judges in these family violence cases,” he said.
Cooks said James Boulware missed a Monday court date in the custody case involving his son. The judge clarified that the alleged family violence was against Hammond and not the boy.
“He truly loved the child,” she said, adding that no one knows where the boy’s mother lives.
A news report from 2013 in described Boulware’s capture in Lamar County after he threatened to go on a shooting spree. Authorities had pursued Boulware on an assault warrant after he allegedly choked a family member with both hands at her home, the newspaper reported.
An article in a Paris, Texas, newspaper about the same incident said Boulware had allegedly made threats against family, schools and churches. Area schools were placed on alert as a result.
CNN’s Kevin Conlon, Elwyn Lopez, Steve Almasy, Carma Hassan and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.