Mother of Air Force Tech Sergeant Says Her Son Had Countless War Zone Deployments, Chest Full of Medals; Military Told Her he Was AWOL
by Kameel Stanley
Tampa Bay Times, April 15, 2012
CLEARWATER — Carolyn Foreman last spoke to her son around Christmas.
Jesse J. Foreman, a 36-year-old Air Force technical sergeant, called to thank his mom for the cookies and treats she’d sent.
On Thursday, the military called to say Jesse Foreman had gone AWOL, his mother said. On Friday, Clearwater police and Air Force personnel tried to make contact with the serviceman, who had barricaded himself inside a Clearwater Beach hotel room.
Jesse Foreman shot and killed himself before authorities could get inside.
“It’s unbelievable,” Carolyn Foreman said Saturday from her home in Grants, N.M., where Jesse Foreman grew up. “I’m not aware of all the facts myself.”
Authorities went to the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 521 S Gulfview Blvd., on Friday evening after getting reports that the armed and suicidal serviceman was in Room 262. Some hotel guests were evacuated and beachgoers gathered nearby.
Air Force officials were trying to communicate with him when at least one shot was fired from inside at about 7:20 p.m., a police spokeswoman said. Officers called for guns and shields and took up tactical positions around the hotel. They found Foreman dead when they entered about an hour later.
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