LEICESTER, Vt. (AP) – Four Connecticut men are facing a variety of charges stemming from a shooting in Leicester and a pursuit during which a police dog was run over and killed by a state police cruiser, police said.

The suspects in the Leicester shooting also face charges stemming from a Tuesday night carjacking in the town of Mendon, police said.

The four men from Waterbury, Conn., were arrested after the stolen vehicle they were in crashed into guardrails on U.S. Route 4 in the town of Castleton. Two suspects were captured at the scene of the crash while two others fled the scene and were captured a short time later, police said.

Suspects George Gaston, 23, Hasan Hickey, 19, and Mark Hunter, 21, all pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Vermont District Court in Rutland.

The fourth suspect, Rahe Autry, 22, opted to delay his plea for 24 hours and will appear in court on Thursday.

All four were being held for lack of $500,000 bail.

The victim of the shooting, Richard Carroll, 45, was hit in the leg and not seriously wounded.

Vermont State Police Lt. Timothy Oliver said the four men were lodged on the initial charges and more charges were possible.

Oliver said Carroll was treated for his wound and released from the hospital.

Oliver said detectives were trying to learn more about what led to the shooting.

“The victim is not being very cooperative,” Oliver said. “He is just not giving us a lot of details.”

Efforts to reach Carroll Wednesday were unsuccessful.

In a police affidavit filed in court, Hickey told police he was part of a group that traveled from Connecticut to Vermont Tuesday to buy marijuana after giving two men in a separate car $1,500. The group of four lost contact with the other vehicle, but spotted it again in Vermont. The driver of the SUV then used it to force the car containing the two men off the road in western Vermont.

Hickey then told police one of his companions shot one of the men in the other car because “he was not listening.”

Carroll’s wife Veronica told police her husband’s car had been involved in an accident with an SUV outside their home. Veronica Carroll said her husband told her he was shot when he went to an accidet on the road in front of their home, the affidavit said.

Police say they were called to Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester just after 10 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a shooting.

Police were alerted to look for a white luxury sport utility vehicle, which was spotted in Pittsford. During the chase a police officer from the city of Rutland was laying a spike strip across the road to stop the fleeing vehicle. His dog “King Luther” then jumped out of his car and was killed by a Vermont State Police cruiser that was involved in the pursuit.

A short time later a carjacking was reported in Mendon. Three people said they were assaulted by men in the SUV, at least one of whom was brandishing a knife. The suspects then got into the stolen vehicle and continued to flee.

A Castleton police officer then spotted the stolen vehicle on U.S. Route 4.

The car then drove over tire spike and crashed into a guardrail.

The four Connecticut men are facing charges of robbery and assault. The driver of the vehicles, Hickey, is facing charges of attempting to elude.

Oliver said more charges are possible.

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