A neighbor in DeSoto, Tommy Johnson, said he heard a loud boom Wednesday night coming from the direction of the home where the victims were later found.
“We thought it was coming from upstairs, because the kids are always upstairs making noise,” Johnson said. “I peeped out the front and that’s when I saw a bunch of officers walking down the sidewalk and about 10 houses up.”
Carolyn Webb, a family friend of the victims in the DeSoto house, said those killed were a woman who was divorcing the suspect and the woman’s adult daughter. “He just torn so many hearts,” she said.
Police said an explosive was used at the DeSoto house. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is providing technical assistance in the investigation, spokesman John Morrison said.
The Dallas Mavericks said Thursday that Bowser was a dancer for the team, performing with the Dallas Mavs ManiAACs. The team describes the dance troupe as “beefy men” who entertain fans during games. Bowser danced with the group from 2002 to 2009.
He worked for nearly a decade as a special education teacher in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite. School district spokeswoman Laura Jobe said Thursday he resigned in 2010, “on good terms.” He also worked for a couple of seasons as a football coach at West Mesquite High School, she said.
Bowser served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army from October 1991 to November 2000. He served in the infantry at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and at Fort Drum in New York, though he was never deployed overseas, according to the U.S. Army media relations department.
The Army says it does not release information about whether a soldier is honorably or dishonorably discharged.
Bowser, who court records list as 6-foot-7, 355 pounds, has had numerous brushes with the law, including most recently an arrest for violating a protective order, though the charges appear to have been dismissed. In 2011, Bowser was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, though the outcome of that case is unclear. The only convictions he has are from charges in 1989 for evading arrest and an alcohol-related incident — both on the same date.