DPD headquarters shooting suspect had a checkered past

Court documents reveal the custody battle that Dallas Police Department headquarters shooting suspect James Boulware was involved in, and there was a related court proceeding as recently as this past Monday.

Boulware was arrested in May of 2013 for choking his mother. 

In April of this year, court records show Boulware represented himself a jury trial for custody of his son and lost.

Just Monday, a Dallas County judge, Kim Cooks, signed an order giving Boulware's mother full custody of his 10-year-old son, but did allow Boulware supervised visitation twice a month.

Boulware was a no-show in court.

The order says, "The court finds that James Lance Boulware has a history or pattern of committing family violence…"

Court documents say the child's mother "has a history of drug use and negligent supervision of the child."

Boulware even made threats against the judge on social media postings. 

Boulware's father, Jim, says he cannot defend his son's actions, but it still hurts to lose a child. 

Just Friday, he says his son came over and cut and edged his yard, but he had no clue of what was to come.

"He made the statements and all about the police taking his son and all, yes," said Jim Boulware. "We talked about that, absolutely. Did he make any statements whatsoever about doing anything? No."

Dallas Police Chief David Brown talked Saturday about the rage in James Boulware's 911 call.

"The suspect has told our negotiators that we took his child and we accused him of being a terrorist and that he's going to blow us up," said Brown.

Jim Boulware says his son recently sold his home in Paris, and for the last week had been living out an armored van he'd purchased on eBay.

"And I really kind of believe he more thought he could shoot up the police station and make a big stink out of it, make a statement and go off. And he got himself killed, I guess," said Jim Boulware.

Jim Boulware says he knew his son had a number of firearms, but has no idea where, why or how he got ahold of pipe bombs.

"I know there's a lot of anti-police feelings in this country right now, but you do not want anarchy," said Jim Boulware.

Off-camera, Boulware's mother echoed many of the same sentiments. She said she plans to release a statement later.

In 2013, family members told authorities that he'd made threats against soft targets such as schools and churches.

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