CELEBRATION, Fla. — For the second time in a week, violent death has visited this pristine town created by Disney.
Craig Foushee, a 52-year-old owner of a failed security business, barricaded himself inside his soon-to-be foreclosed home for more than 14 hours on Thursday. Foushee shot at police numerous times throughout the standoff, but the ordeal didn't end until he took his own life.
Foushee's death came only days after the town's first-ever homicide, which has sent unsettling chills through residents who moved to the Disney community for its safety and "small-town values."
According to the AP: "Early Friday, deputies deployed tear gas, entered Foushee's home and found him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound... the smell of the tear gas hung in the air on the upscale cul-de-sac. All of the second floor windows — including the third-floor dormers — were either broken or had bullet holes the size of baseballs. At least one streetlight in the shape of a lantern appeared to have been shattered by gunfire."
"Just because this is Celebration doesn't mean everyone's perfect," said Eva Medved, who lived across the street from Foushee. "People die, people get divorced, people get in trouble."
Celebration is a master-planned community in Osceola County, Florida, near Walt Disney World Resort. It was developed by The Walt Disney Company and is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.
"The population, estimated at 2,736 in the 2000 Census is estimated in 2010 at over 11,000," says Wikipedia. "Since founding Celebration, Disney has divested most of its control over Celebration, although several Disney business units occupy the town's office buildings. Smart City Telcom and Reedy Creek Energy Services, both operated by Walt Disney World, provide services to the town — and the town remains directly connected to the Walt Disney World resorts via one of its primary streets, World Drive, which begins near the Magic Kingdom."