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VT man wounds two state troopers during standoff after shooting neighbor as he slept

By Travis Gettys
Monday, April 7, 2014 6:32 EDT
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A Vermont man walked across the street, shot his neighbor in the head, and then shot two state troopers who responded to the victim’s wife call for help.

Timothy Foley, of Leicester, was charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of attempted murder and held on $100,000 bond, reported the Burlington Free Press.

The neighbor’s wife called 911 about 3 a.m. Sunday to report someone had come into her home and shot her husband while they were in bed, state troopers said.

The troopers identified the 47-year-old Foley as a suspect in the shooting, but they said he would not come outside his home.

Hostage negotiators arrived and made contact with Foley from a neighbor’s home as other troopers surrounded his house.

Foley fired his shotgun from inside the house at troopers who were taking cover behind a tree in his front yard, authorities said.

One of the troopers was struck in the head with shotgun pellets, and the second was also struck in the head while returning fire to allow his injured partner to seek cover.

Both troopers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Foley finally agreed to leave his home and surrendered without further incident.

The neighbor’s wounds were initially described as life-threatening by state troopers, who said later Sunday that the man was in stable condition but offered no other details.

The names of the neighbor and troopers have not been released.

State troopers said Foley had a short criminal record dating back decades, and investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

The shootings were the first of a Vermont state trooper since 1990, authorities said.

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