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Suspect charged in Texas shooting that killed 4

Erbie Lee Bowser was charged with two counts of capital murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and more


This photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office shows Erbie Bowser after a previous arrest.

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DESOTO, Texas — Additional charges have been filed against a former teacher and Dallas Mavericks hip-hop dancer who police say fatally shot four people and wounded four others in separate Dallas-area attacks, police announced Friday.

Erbie Lee Bowser was charged by Dallas police with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of his girlfriend, Toya Smith, and her 17-year-old daughter, Tasmia Allen. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for wounding Smith’s 14-year-old son and a 17-year-old family friend.

Dallas police said in the arrest affidavit that the family friend, Dasmine Mitchell, identified Bowser as the shooter from a lineup of suspect photos.

Mitchell, who police said is recovering from gunshot wounds, said Bowser was the lone shooter on Wednesday evening, according to the affidavit released Friday.

Police say after the shootings in Dallas, Bowser, 44, went to a DeSoto home and killed his estranged wife, Zina Bowser, and her daughter, Neima Williams. Police said he also wounded two boys, ages 11 and 13, who were in critical condition Thursday.

Bowser is being held in the Dallas County Jail. DeSoto Police Cpl. Melissa Franks said Thursday that detectives have had a hard time interviewing Bowser.

“He does lapse into periods where he sits there quietly or wants to lay down or doesn’t want to speak,” she said.

He worked for nearly a decade as a special education teacher in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite. He was also a football coach at West Mesquite High School for a couple of seasons.

Bowser is 6-foot-7 and weighs 355 pounds, according to court records. He played in three games as defensive tackle for Texas Christian University in the late 1980s, a school spokeswoman said.

The Dallas Mavericks said Bowser performed from 2002 to 2009 with its Dallas Mavs ManiAACs, which the team describes as dance troupe made up of “beefy men” who entertain fans during games.

Bowser served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army from October 1991 to November 2000. The U.S. Army media relations department said he served in the infantry at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and at Fort Drum in New York. He was never deployed overseas.

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