CRIME
07/01/2013 11:31 am ET

Dashun Atkins, Texas Man, Dead After Killing Ex-Wife, Boyfriend In Double Murder-Suicide

A man in Texas fatally shot his ex-wife and her new boyfriend before killing himself -- hours after the female victim called police.

Jenea James, 37, and James Doyle, 41, were found dead early Sunday on the lawn outside their Dallas neighbor's home, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Grand Prairie police say James called twice on Saturday to say that her ex-husband, Dashun Atkins, was harassing her over the phone.

NBC DFW explains:

After the first call, she declined to press charges but was given information on how to get a restraining order. After the second, a police officer called the ex-husband and told him to stop calling James.

Police then received a third phone call, placed by a relative of Atkins.

“He called [the relative] saying that he’d been in an argument with his ex-wife. [They said the two] had been fighting back and forth, that they were concerned for his safety,” Det. Beseda told CBS DFW.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Atkins drove to his ex-wife's house where he allegedly murdered her and her boyfriend. The 39-year-old then drove home and shot himself in his garage.

Authorities defended their handling of the case.

"At no time leading up to the shooting did officers have legal authority to arrest Dashun [Atkins]," police said in the statement, according to NBC DFW.

The former couple's two children, ages 3 and 5, were in the house at the time of the shooting. Authorities placed them in protective custody, according to the Star Telegram.

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