Paris Man Arrested After Family Reports Threats
PARIS, TX -- A Paris man was arrested after family members reported to authorities that they were concerned he could go on a shooting spree.
Officers say they did find several guns in his house, but none in his car. On Tuesday, officers throughout North Texas were told to be on the lookout after the man allegedly threatened his family members and mentioned he might hurt others.
Officers confiscated several guns from a Paris home, after arresting the owner. "There are four or five long guns and three or four pistols, tubs full of ammunition, and the body armor," says Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley.
James Boulware, 33, allegedly grabbed and choked his mother in Dallas on Tuesday morning, and he has made other threats, police and family members said.
"That he was going to just kill all the adult members of the family and then that's when he made the comment he may shoot up some churches and schools," says Hundley.
"He had been talking about the schools and churches being soft targets, being easy targets because no one in them was armed," a man who identified himself as Boulware's brother "Andrew" said.
"Andrew" said Boulware showed up at his Red River County property on Tuesday, looking for some guns "Andrew" took from Boulware's house. "I was able to figure out his one combination, I didn't realize that his gun safe had two combinations on it," says "Andrew."
"He used to be a mechanic and then he got a mobile van and was running around trying to get business doing that," says neighbor Andra Hogue.
After issuing an alert to be on the lookout for Boulware, around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, a deputy caught sight of Boulware's car at his house.
"Just happened to catch him at this location, he left this location, and then we were immediately right there on him," says Sheriff Scott Cass.
"They got him out, got him on the ground that's it and I just saw them escort him over to the Tahoe and carried him off and a wrecker came and picked up his car," says witness Jimmy Phan.
After arresting the man near a pizza shop in the 1900 block of Lamar, officers say they collected several guns from a moving truck parked in the yard in the 1300 block of Fairfax. Police say anytime they get a threat like this they need to take it seriously.
"The main thing that concerned everybody on this one was that there was no doubt he was armed and he was armed heavily," says Hundley.
"That's pretty scary you know with guns being around here knowing I have a baby around here," says neighbor Patricia Bills.
Paris ISD officials said schools were on a "soft lockdown" on Tuesday morning after being alerted by the police department. Boulware currently faces two charges of assault family violence from Dallas, and possession of marijuana. He was taken to the Lamar County Jail while awaiting trial.