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Two brothers and a sister sought in connection with a crime spree that started in Florida were caught by Colorado state troopers Wednesday morning.Trooper Heather Cobler confirmed that Ryan Dougherty, 21, sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, were taken into custody after a high-speed chase and shootout.Just after 9 a.m. witnesses spotted the suspects near Colorado City and called 911, Cobler said. Sightings of the suspects' vehicle were reported at a campground on Highway 165. Troopers said that when law enforcement reached the campground, the suspects had already left.A short time later, a Pueblo County sheriff's deputy saw the vehicle at a gas station near exit 74 on Interstate 25. Officials said the suspects fled when Colorado State Patrol troopers tried to stop them.The CSP said the suspects fired on troopers during a high-speed 20-mile pursuit along Interstate 25. Troopers deployed spike strips near mile marker 52. The chase ended with a crash about one mile north of Walsenburg.Two of the suspects were taken into custody immediately. Lee Grace Dougherty was shot in the leg by a Walsenburg police officer before her capture. The shooting is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.A third suspect fled on foot, Cobler said.
Witnesses Capture One Suspect
Three witnesses told a 7NEWS crew that they were working on a construction site near the crash when they noticed a man they believed was the third suspect hiding in some bushes. Two of the men said they chased the man on foot for about a quarter-mile before he turned on them and brandished what appeared to be a gun.The witnesses said they dropped to the ground, but soon realized the man was simulating a gun with his hands. They then tackled the man and held him until law enforcement arrived. The witnesses said the man surrendered to them and appeared to be tired. They also said he had injuries to one of his shoulders. They believed he was hurt in the crash -- not from any gunshots.Trooper Cobler confirmed that the witnesses did play a role in apprehending the third suspect.
Suspects Were Heavily Armed
A source told Call7 investigators that Wednesday morning's sighting was reported by a retired CSP trooper.The same source said that after the vehicle crashed several weapons flew from the car, including a MAC-10. Weapon websites described the MAC-10 as a machine gun.All three suspects were transported to Spanish Peaks Regional Medical Center in Walsenburg and then were moved to the Pueblo County Jail."All will be charged with appropriate criminal misconduct by the Colorado State Patrol, charges may include attempted murder of law enforcement officers, first degree assault and many traffic offenses," read a Wednesday evening news release on their capture.
Trio On The Run For More Than A Week
The Dougherty siblings have been on the run since Aug. 2 when police said they shot at a Florida police officer attempting to pull over their white Subaru Impreza for speeding. A few hours later, they robbed a bank in Georgia, police said.The Dougherty Gang -- who police said were a stripper and her two heavily armed brothers -- were first spotted in Colorado in the area of Woodmen Road and I-25 on Tuesday, the Colorado Springs Police Department said.Investigators believe the trio may have purchased a tent at an REI sporting goods store at 1376 E. Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The FBI did not say if surveillance video from REI helped identify the trio as being in the store.Before the crime spree, Lee Grace Dougherty had written about herself on her profile on the photo sharing website Flickr.com. She wrote: "I love to farm and shoot guys and wreck cars. I'm a redneck and proud of it. I like milk and German engineering and causing mayhem with my siblings."