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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A day after the attack on Dallas Police Headquarters, the suspected gunman’s mother is breaking her silence in the hopes of helping others. Jeannine Hammond says her son had psychological problems that had been getting increasingly worse despite the family’s efforts to help him. She told us she’s shocked that the police became the target because she felt if James Boulware ever acted on his rage, it would be against her.

Hammond and the rest of her family had been trying to help. She says just within the last couple of weeks her son threatened to kill himself, but the family got his 12-year-old boy to talk him out of it.

“James had problems, so his son could lots of times talk reasoning into him even though the child is a child, not even a teenager yet,” Hammond said.

Those problems go back years, and in 2013 Hammond says an argument over politics got violent.

“We had words, and he came over and choked me by the sink,” Hammond said.

After that she took custody of her grandson, but she says she dropped charges against Boulware hoping he could still be in his son’s life. Since then she says relatives tried to help him, but he only got worse.

“You just try to exist from day to day with these people, and frankly you can’t. It just progresses. If you’ve got a really sick loved one out there, you better get them help because it’s probably not going to get better. It’s going to get worse, and God forbid that it should end up like yesterday for my son,” Hammond said.

She tells us she’s still waiting to claim the body of her son, but authorities tell her it could take months.

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