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Police: Man, two officers shot overnight in Leicester

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LEICESTER, Vt. -

A Leicester man faces four counts of attempted murder after shooting a neighbor and two state state troopers early Sunday.

It was 3 a.m. Sunday morning when Vermont State Police received a 911 call from a woman on Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester. She said a neighbor broke into the home and shot her husband in the head.  "Around 3 o'clock I heard three gun shots, then I woke back up again at about quarter to 5 and I heard 3 more gun shots," said local resident Wayne Hutchins.

When police arrived, the suspect -- 47 year-old Timothy Foley -- was found across the street at his home. As police approached, Foley opened fire, injuring two troopers. "One of the troopers was struck in the head with shotgun pellets. Another returned fire at the house while attempting to allow the injured trooper to get to a safe location. The second trooper was shot at and struck in the head with shotgun pellets," Vermont State Police Colonel Tom L'Esperance.

The victims were transported to Porter Hospital in Middlebury. One officer has since been released.  The 2nd trooper and the resident were reported in stable condition. "Following the shooting, the state police hostage team was able to reestablish contact with Mr. Foley. Foley agreed to exit his residence and taken into custody without incident,"Colonel L'Esperance said.

Foley was taken to the New Haven Barracks and remains in custody. Residents say the shooting raises concerns about safety -- and respect for the law. "We know there's all sorts of different kind of people in the world, you're just hoping that there's more stability in your neighborhood  -- and there doesn't seem to be at the time," said local resident Betsy Moyer.

The road remained closed throughout the afternoon as police investigated. So far no motive has been released, but police say drugs were not involved. Authorities Sunday were working to obtain a warrant to search Foley's home.

"It makes me a little nervous.  I now that they just had another incident up the road with drugs -- and this is a nice, quiet neighborhood -- you usually can walk around," Moyer said.

As the investigation continues, Vermont State Police say it was an unfortunate incident that was handled appropriately by responding troopers. "The troopers that responded did their job as expected. The citizens of this state should be proud of their response," Colonel L'Esperance said.

Police charged Foley with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, related to the on-duty troopers, and two counts of attempted murder, related to the residents that live at 1496 Lake Dunmore Road.

Foley was lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for a lack of $100,000 bail.  He is due in court Monday.

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