The Hall County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday released the victim’s name in a Lula slaying that occurred the day before Friday’s deadly standoff with the suspect, as well as a link between the two men.
Jessie Weber, 32, of Lula, died of a stab wound to the chest Thursday in a home on Cagle Road in northeastern Hall County, according to the sheriff’s office.
The suspect in the slaying, Jason Foreman, 45, of Lula, died during a standoff Friday afternoon in Barrow County when deputies attempted to serve him with a warrant for Weber’s murder, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Nicole Bailes.
Bailes said Saturday that Foreman was a former boyfriend of the homeowner on Cagle Road, and Weber was the current boyfriend.
“We are still working to determine the motive,” she said.
Friday’s standoff took place around 3 p.m. in the 700 block of Melinda Drive. Foreman met Hall deputies with gunfire, striking two of them. One of them required medical treatment, Bailes said.
The deputies returned gunfire, striking Foreman. Barrow County deputies entered the home and found Foreman, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deputies’ names are being withheld pending investigation. Bailes said one of the deputies who responded was placed on administrative leave, which was protocol given the situation.
Once gunfire was exchanged, things elevated to what is called a “barricaded gunman,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mike Ayers said Friday.
A GBI news release Saturday said agents located weapons and ammunition consistent with the shotgun used by Foreman and described by Hall County deputies. A spent shotgun shell was also recovered.
Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith requested the GBI Athens Regional Office to conduct an independent investigation of the incident, the GBI said. An autopsy and further forensic examination are planned Monday at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office.
Hall County officials will continue to be in charge of the homicide investigation, Ayers said Friday.
The residence was that of a friend of Foreman’s, Bailes added.
She said Foreman was the main suspect in the Lula slaying. She stated that deputies responded about 6 p.m. Thursday to the residence in the 4000 block of Cagle Road. There were other occupants in the home at the time, and all are being interviewed by authorities.
A representative from Hall County Coroner Marion Merck’s office said the body had been sent for an autopsy at the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s office, and that the incident was being treated as a homicide.
Michael Weber, the brother of Jessie Weber, said Saturday he was “real close” with his sibling.
“He was a good guy,” Michael Weber said, adding that Jessie worked as a janitor at Lula Elementary and had attended Gwinnett County Public Schools.
A friend of the deceased said Friday she was shocked when she learned about the slaying.
Sherry Moschella of Gainesville said Weber was “a very sweet guy. He would do anything to help anybody out. He was friendly, could get along with anybody.”
Charles Phelps, Shannon Casas, Zac Taylor and Nick Watson contributed to this story.