Erbie "E-Luv" Bowser, Former Mavs Maniaac Dancer, Went on a Murderous Rampage Last Night, Police Say [Updated]

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A former dancer for the Dallas Mavericks' male dance team went on a violent rampage in far southwest Dallas last night, using guns and a grenade, killing four people and wounding others, police say.

It began at around 10:30 p.m., when 44-year-old Erbie Bowser walked into his ex-girlfriend's home on the 7100 block of Long Canyon Trail and opened fire, killing Toya Smith, 43, and her 17-year-old daughter. Smith's 14-year-old son and a family friend were taken to a hospital.

At a press conference today, Dallas police Major Jeff Cotner told reporters that their bodies were discovered by Smith's mother, who went to check on the family after a worrying conversation with her daughter earlier in the night. She told WFAA that no one answered when she knocked but could hear someone gasping for air through a window at the back.

Bowser then hopped in his car and drove seven miles to a his former home in the 100 block of Galleria Drive in DeSoto, which now belongs to his ex- estranged wife, listed in property records as Zina Till. (Note: she's referred to by police as Zina Bowser.) He tossed a grenade inside and, after it detonated, walked in with guns blazing. By the time he ran out of ammo, Till and a woman named Neima Williams were dead. Till's children, 8-year-old Miles White and 13-year-old Chris White, were wounded.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Bowser pretended to be one of the victims when police arrived at the house on Galleria Drive. Once they figured out he was unhurt, WFAA reports that he gave officers his name, Army rank, and serial number. (In a 2008 application for divorce, Bowser wrote under the section "Military Service" that "neither party is a member of the United State Military."The U.S. Army confirmed to the Morning News that he served from October 1991 to November 2000 and achieved the rank of sergeant.)

After that, he became an educator, serving as a special education teacher at Mesquite ISD's Berry Middle School and Mesquite Academy before resigning on good terms in March 2010.

Bowser was arrested but never formally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2011. He also has a previous arrest for violating a protective order granted on behalf of Till during the couple's divorce proceedings in 2011. The order, issued two weeks after Till filed for divorce, was on the grounds that "family violence has occurred and is likely to occur in the future." The judge also ordered Bowser to retrieve his wife's wedding ring and tennis bracelet from a nearby pawn shop, which he failed to do.

(Update at 3:10 p.m.: WFAA got a hold of the affidavit from Bowser's 2011 arrest for violating his protective order. According to the affidavit, he showed up at her home at 8:30 p.m. on January 24, ostensibly to give back the wedding ring. Instead, he shoved her, put his finger to her face, saying, "I will bury you." He then took a knife from a nightstand by their bed and threatened to "cut your-- up but I am going to execute the kids.)

Bowser did not at first volunteer that he is a former Mavs Maniaac dancer, though the media seized hold of that soon enough. His current absence from the squad might have something to do with previous arrests for violating a protective order and evading arrest. It's not clear. All we really know is that his name was E-Luv and that he prefers "the briefs that are like boxers":

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Screenshot, NBA.com

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22 comments
ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

What could have set him off? My guess is he was trying to use an Android phone to do something really, really simple.

We need more controls on crap.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Oh shit, you've been linked to on deadspin,  congrats guys.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Are those measurements a joke?  If the casualties were not enough, trying to picture a 6'7",at  400 pounds, 60 inch waist man running into home throwing grenades and shooting pistols is something out of a horror movie. Is he really a teacher?

2dollaholla
2dollaholla

he's going to get some a-luv in the clink for sure ;)

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The Daily News is running a lurid splash of this story.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Always thought the Mavs Maniaacs were crazy

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Probably served in the military actions that answered the WTC bombing, Iraq's cintinued actions of war, and the USS Cole attack.

russp
russp

@TexMarine 

Along with these two you have his violating a protective order yet he was still out and free to do more harm. We don't need any new laws to control crime and gun violence, we need the prosecutors and courts to actually enforce the laws we have. 

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