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Celebration, Fla.: Police Report Second Death in Disney-Developed Community

Market Street, Celebration, Fla. (Wikipedia/Bobak Ha'Eri)

Celebration, Fla.: Police Report Second Death in Disney-Developed Community
Market Street, Celebration, Fla. (Wikipedia/Bobak Ha'Eri)

CELEBRATION, Fla. (CBS/WKMG/AP) Florida police are investigating another death in the Disney-developed community of Celebration just days after reporting its first ever homicide, authorities said.

Craig Foushee, 52, barricaded himself in his home Thursday afternoon for more than 14 hours before killing himself, according to CBS affiliate WKMG.

Foushee allegedly shot at deputies several times, but deputies never returned fire because they could not get a clear shot. No deputies were injured.

Police said Foushee was inside home alone, and officials closed streets in the area for hours while negotiating with him, reports WKMG. Authorities also evacuated nearby homes, and public schools in Celebration were put on lockdown.

Then, after more than 14 hours of negotiations, deputies set out tear gas and used a robot to ensure that it was safe to enter the home, where they found Foushee dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound early Friday.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said there was no connection between Foushee and Matteo P. Giovanditto, who was found dead by a local resident in his Celebration condominium Monday. Giovanditto's homicide marked the first murder investigation for the Disney-developed community.

Giovanditto reportedly lived by himself with his Chihuahua and had been slain over the Thanksgiving weekend, authorities said. His black 2008 Chevrolet Corvette was recovered a day later in Kissimmee after someone called a tip line. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but investigators would not disclose its results, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Details are still emerging in the second death, but a Facebook profile with Foushee's name and hometown of Celebration, Fla. showed him describing his daughters as "my treasures." In April, he allegedly posted that he "went from being married to single."

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF CELEBRATION HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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