- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PUEBLO, Colo. — Three fugitive siblings wanted in a crime spree in Florida and Georgia were captured Wednesday in Colorado after firing shots at officers during a high-speed chase and crashing their car into a highway barrier, authorities said.

Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21; Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26; and Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, were targets of a nationwide search after they were accused of shooting at a police car during a chase last week in Florida and robbing a Georgia bank with assault weapons.

FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett confirmed that the three were in custody in Walsenburg, 145 miles south of Denver. They were being treated for unspecified injuries at a Walsenburg hospital, the Colorado Highway Patrol said.

No troopers were hurt during the 20-mile chase on Interstate 25 that at times exceeded 100 mph. Shots were fired from the vehicle during the pursuit, officials said.

“Ladies and gentleman, I’m proud to say we won,” Pasco County, Fla., Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news conference following their capture. “We continuously said that if these three fugitives wanted a battle with law enforcement, we would win that battle. And that’s what happened today.”

He called the Doughertys “very, very dangerous people” and their capture a tremendous relief.

“It’s uncommon that we would come across these three siblings who would have an arsenal and (are) not afraid to use it,” Nocco said.

Some of Nocco’s deputies were expected to fly to Colorado on Wednesday night to interview the trio.

Bernie McCabe, the state attorney for the judicial circuit that includes Pasco County, Fla., said officials in the various jurisdictions have not yet decided how to handle the extradition of the suspects.

“I don’t know the status of the Georgia situation,” he told The Associated Press. “They might get first crack at them. That has not been decided yet.”

McCabe said that the only local warrants currently outstanding are two for Ryan Dougherty for grand theft auto and failure to register as a sex offender — both of which are based on events that occurred prior to the shooting at police in Florida. He said it would be up to the sheriff to forward charges to his office related to the chase and shooting, if they decide to.

The siblings’ mother, Barbara Bell of East Palatka, Fla., spoke briefly with The Associated Press on the phone Wednesday.

“I’m sorry. I’m making no comment at this time,” said Bell, who last week had urged the trio to give up before there was bloodshed.

The Colorado State Patrol said that a citizen tipped troopers at about 9 a.m. that the suspects were believed to be in Colorado City, about 25 miles north of Walsenburg. Their vehicle was later seen at a nearby campground, but the suspects fled before Pueblo County deputies arrived.

A deputy then spotted the car at a gas station near I-25, and the chase ensued. Troopers deployed stop sticks on the interstate north of Walsenburg, where the car crashed into a barrier, officials said.

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