James Boulware: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

James Boulware.

James Boulware. (Paris, Texas Police)

A man with a history of delusional thoughts and angry about losing custody of his son is believed to have attacked the Dallas Police headquarters in an armored van Saturday morning, opening fire on the building and responding officers after leaving pipe bombs in the parking lot.

The man identified himself to police as James Boulware. Police said they haven’t confirmed if Boulware is the person who was involved in the shooting, but it was the name the suspect gave to them.

According to police, an armored vehicle opened fire on police officers outside the police headquarters and then fled. After a chase, it was stopped at a restaurant in Hutchins, Texas. Police surrounded the vehicle and the suspect identified himself to a negotiator as James Boulware.

Police said Boulware was shot and killed by a police sniper during the standoff. The van later caught fire when police detonated explosives inside.

Boulware is the only suspect, despite witnesses reported seeing up to four people firing at officers outside the police headquarters.

For updates and details about the shooting investigation, click here.

Here’s what you need to know about Boulware:

1. He Told Police They ‘Took His Child & Accused Him of Being a Terrorist’

Police said the suspect told negotiators that police “took his child and accused him of being a terrorist,” and he is now going to blow them up. Boulware has had previous interactions with police, including three family violence incidents.

Police said Boulware called 911 and made a long rant about losing custody of his son.

“He blames the police for taking his son away from him,” his father, Jim Boulware, told the Dallas Morning News. “I tried to tell him that the police are just doing their job.”

According to police, four duffel bags were found around the police headquarters after the shooting. One of the bags contained pipe bombs.

Police said the man who identified himself as Boulware drove the armored vehicle to a parking lot in Hutchins, Texas, where he was surrounded by SWAT officers and other police personnel. He was talking to a negotiator on the phone, but police said he broke off those negotiations.

The armored van was possibly purchased from Georgia on June 1 via Ebay.

Boulware’s father told the Dallas Morning News he saw his son Friday night and didn’t notice anything wrong. He said he did see a strange van, but that Boulware had planned to buy a van to live in if necessary.

2. Boulware Caused Lockdowns After Threatening Shootings at Schools & Churches

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James Boulware. (Police photo)

According to a 2013 story from KXII, a James Lance Boulware, then 33, was arrested after threatening violence against his family, churches and schools.

The police report shows that the incident began at Boulware’s mother’s house in Dallas in May 2013. Police said Boulware grabbed his mother around the neck with both of his hands and began choking her. Boulware’s uncle then removed his hands from his mother’s throat and pushed him away. Boulware then punched his uncle several times, police said in the report. His mother call 911 and then struck Boulware in the back of the head several times with a laptop computer while he was fighting on the ground with his uncle.

Read the full report below:

Boulware left his mother’s house and went to his brother’s home in Paris, Texas, where he removed several guns, rifles, body armor and several boxes of ammunition and left. His family told police Boulware had recently made comments about “shooting up schools and churches.”

Boulware was later caught in Paris and arrested.

The case was dismissed in April 2014 after Boulware met court-ordered conditions, according to Dallas County court records.

3. Court Records Show a History of Mental Illness

The police report in the 2013 case shows that Boulware “talks to himself quite frequently and appears to be delusional,” but was not taking any medications. He did not have any prior criminal history.

During the 2013 incident, police said Boulware “began making comments about North and South Korea, and began rudely talking about religion, Jews and Christians.”

4. James Boulware Made Threats & Angry Facebook Posts on a Judge’s Page



A James Boulware has also made angry Facebook posts on a judge’s page about a case related to child custody:

Boulware also made several rants and angry posts on news article using an account on Disqus.

He posted last month on an article called “25 Reasons To Never Go to Texas” on the website AroundMe.com:

Texas is a horrible place to live!!! Too much government control!!! The C.P.S.S. (Also known as the Hitler youth Program) steals peoples kids with impunity. Jobs are scarce!!! The police and the F.B.I. are all part of the mafia!!! So if you want my advise, STAY AWAY!!!

He makes several rants about foreign policy, especially involving Russia and Communism, including on one article about a joint US-Ukraine exercise, “I’m in the U.S.A. and I personally believe we started this by, ONCE AGAIN, butting into other nations affairs. Putin didn’t like f***ots so America, ONCE AGAIN, forced its queers off on them. Bill Clinton also promised that the U.S.A. would never position N.A.T.O. troops near Russia EVER!!! Look how many times the U.S.A. has violated this agreement!!!

5. Custody of His Son Was Recently Given to Boulware’s Mother

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A screenshot from a video taken outside Dallas Police headquarters shows an armored vehicle ramming a police car. (Twitter)

According to court records, a judge recently granted custody of Boulware’s 11-year-old son to Boulware’s mother after both he and the child’s mother were determined to not be fit to be in sole possession of the son. Boulware and the boy’s mother retained some parental rights, according to the judge’s order, and must each pay child support.

The boy’s mother has a history of drug problems, according to the court filings.


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Jesse Knight

No dummy…Being a Mentally ill Psycho, Randomly shooting up Police Stations and threating to do the same to schools and churches, DOESN’T do anything to slow down the growing Police State. It just solidifies it. This idiot will now be used as a posterboy to enact even more unconstitutional laws and enact even MORE Police Powers.

Are you really that stupid, or just a troll?


It depends on the Dallas political Climate. It could and has gone either way in history. Something very similar happened in Austin a few years ago. The guy through make shift bombs that did not work at the Mexican consulate. He than got even more upset and went to the new Federal court house. He cursed it and used his I think semi automatic weapon to shoot it up. He than got into his van and went to the Police H.Q. He shot up the outside of it and a mounted patrol cop was unloading two horses from the carrier. The cop played John Wayne and pulled his gun. He killed him firing with just one hand as he held two horses by reins in his other hand. It changed nothing in Austin.


The suspect’s social media comments raise gang stalking red flags:

Complaints against illegal activities in the Navy;
Father worked on nuclear I.C.B.M. systems in Ukraine (both father, suspect and all families had to have top Q clearance for inadvertent disclosure).
Suspect brings up organized crime and local political corruption regarding the judge in his custody case.

All of this is being reflexively labeled “delusional”, without consideration, in the context of these highly unusual circumstances, despite what is known and documented about mobbing related violence:

at the University of Waterloo


Texas has become a breeding ground for this type of gun-toting, right wing whack job.


That man is NOT “right wing”, bubba labman57, and for the record, the vast majority of “gun-toting” people don’t commit crimes. By the way, I’m a police officer retired from that area, and I’m still a police officer in a neighboring state. You should be thankful for the many GOOD PEOPLE who carry guns regularly, yet they don’t make you aware of it. Someday, your life may be saved because they do.


The man is a Libertarian just like the one that shot up the Austin police H.Q. Both belonged in mental hospitals until they stabilized. Both should not have been able to legally own a gun. Feel free to jump to conclusions but notice how I never said all right wing people are nuts? Notice how I did not blame the whole right wing of this nation for what a few did? However they are from the extreme rights and both needed mental health treatment and both are dead because Texas did not help them when they and others needed them to most. Texas could have prevented this and this man could still be alive without harming anyone. In this case right wingers throw away two of their own. I mean really how can anyone be pro Putin and not right wing?


Thanks for your police service, Steve. I’m just afraid that one day, police officers are going to collectively throw their badges into some river and call it a day. Despite the fact that there are bad cops, these are in the minority, and people have to wake up to the fact of what their lives would be if police officers walked off the job.


Another in a long list of nuts the system basically ignores. The guy just like the Colorado and Connecticut shooters was a long time nut, known to the system which were ignored until they killed people. The system has to get a lot more tough on mental cases.


““I tried to tell him that the police are just doing their job.” – that’s funny. That’s what Nazi soldiers said when they were killing Jews. I don’t think it did much to make the Jews feel better either. Go figure, though, right? I mean, you have to follow orders, right? We wouldn’t want people to start thinking for themselves!!!


Really? You’re going to compare a cop carrying out a legal order by the court to Nazis killing Jews? So based on that, you believe the cops should never carry out any court orders? Assuming there was ever a single order issued by the court that you agreed with, who would you suggest we use to be sure such an order was carried out? Because, according to you, clearly if a cop is told to do so, he’s a Nazi. Do you see where I’m going with this ridiculousness? Troll much?


Which do you value more?! Authority? or morality? If it’s morality, then that means you have to disobey authority when it’s immoral, don’t you?! That means you have to be a thinking, breathing, moral person instead of an order following robot!!!

The Nazi’s were following legal orders. I’m saying, if you follow immoral orders and then say, “I was just doing my job.”, you’re a Nazi. Absolutely.


Cops can’t carryout an order that is unlawful. If they do than yes they can find consequence. By everything I have seen surrounding his child being removed from him and his court case. It was justified. The man had made threats to schools and churches. If he carried them out they would be acts of terrorism even if he was not charged with terrorism. The short coming of the system here is the cut backs that made it so he could not get mental help when he asked and the fact that the judge did not order him into a mental health hospital. The truth is there was no room in an already downsized to almost none existence system. The cops did the best they could as did the judge. This is a result of greed gone wild and saving way too much tax money for the richest. Yes cops do at times act like Nazis how ever here they simply did the best they could. The man was a loose cannon if the cops got him to react and do something stupid. They could in the very least get him off the streets for a while to prevent such attacks. He did carry out an act of terrorism the cops were right he was a terrorist. He was a mentally ill terrorist that belonged in a hospital until he was stabilized and no longer a threat to himself or others. I do disagree with cops when I see they act badly. They did their job the best they could. When everything is said and done a cop’s job is to keep the peace.


“He was a mentally ill terrorist that belonged in a hospital until he was stabilized and no longer a threat to himself or others.” – He made it his whole life without any of this, yet the police brought this out of him. Hmmm. I wonder. The fact is you don’t know what really happened. You don’t know how the police treated him. You’re just going off of everything the police and the government are telling you. The man went through his whole life without issues and yet the police were able to bring the worst out of him. Personally, the police have lost all my trust and respect, which I once had for them, I side with the man in this case because I don’t believe a word the police say. Keep watching the police brutality stories and you’ll feel the same way soon enough. We’re talking about an organization that kills people in wheelchairs and the mentally ill after all.

Teveney Spielherg

Incredible. This white scum, gang member, repeat offender, woman beater, and thug had many altercations with the police over the years. On May 1st he made verbal threats on a Judge’s facebook page, but the FBI never came after him to make an arrest and he also made other threats on other facebook pages talking about revenge against wife and the police. Since he was white the police ignored him and never shot him or made an arrest anything, and he threatened a judge and they let him go through with his threat. Hard to believe justice in Texas is color blind and in need of serious firing across board.


You are a racist idiot! Does it offend you that I stated that fact? His case was a domestic dispute case. They are always handled differently. I am sure there is some discrimination in this country but you did not just find it. I agree this guy should have been in a hospital and I would say the same thing if he was black. Here is an interesting one for you. As soon as I saw what happened I knew he was white. Yes I did profile the case but not the race. Dorner in L.A. was a very interesting case. He acted like a cross between white and black. It also is highly unusual for a black man to do that. Chances are there is lots more substance in what Dorner was saying than what this man had to say. If he was middle class black the same would have happened with the courts. The sad thing is if he was inner city poor black or white he would be in jail.


Well Texas does have it’s problems. The most notable one I see here is the fact that they cut one of the best mental health programs into at best a band aid. There is no reason this man should have been out on the street. Don’t get me wrong he did not belong in prison but instead he belonged in a mental health facility until they could stabilize him on medication. However I will not wind up like him with such blinding hate over a broken system. Yup this is a Texas thing for sure. He went way out of shape. They allowed him some parental rights to his son. Too bad he did not seek help so he one day could have been a good dad for his son. He did make threats so the police were not so out of line for saying he was a terrorist. This is a perfect example of a broken system brought to us by the save the rich folks as much money as possible no matter the harm it brings to society crowd. Gov. Perry closed many of the wings at Austin mental hospitals to save money. They kicked them out on the streets. One of them drove a screw driver through the eye of a young obnoxious rich college kid. The kid told him to get a job (how could he). This combined with all the other stress he was under made him snap. They brushed that one under the rug. Other college kids that lived round there said he had mental problems but was nice to them. Texas once had a great mental health system. Every country had a district to work for good mental health. The funding has been cut to a point where those districts can’t even afford to see people with little to no funding and can’t give them meds. Now the mentally ill with little funds only can get basic help from country health care systems. Rural system do not have the funds to help them at all. This man did his crime in Dallas a big city but he lived in rural East Texas. All we can do is be aware and hope for things to get better.


Watch the liberals blame the police on this one. Watch them complain that his actions are not his fault. Mental illness diagnoses help us to understand and NEVER to justify.


When are white christians going to come out and protest and condemn this behavior?




And this guy was pissed at Texas because of its excessive government? Which just means he was angry he couldn’t shoot up everyone who made him mad.


““I tried to tell him that the police are just doing their job.” — well a cop’s “job” is interfering in people’s lives. So the hatred they receive is justified. Also if Transgenders are not considered delusional and mentally ill then NO ONE is delusional and mentally ill

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