Dougherty gang: Shots were fired, sister was injured

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More details have come to light about the capture of the Dougherty gang -- the three Florida siblings who had eluded law enforcement for more than a week until they were taken into custody Wednesday in Pueblo, Colo., south of Denver.

On Wednesday morning, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department said it got word that one of the three had been identified in a Wal-Mart in Canyon City, Colo., trying to buy ammunition. The siblings were reportedly driving a stolen Subaru Impreza with Texas plates.

One of the deputies located the car at what Sheriff Kirk Taylor described as a ‘convenience store/Subway composite’ not far from Interstate 25. The deputy tried to stop the car but the siblings reportedly took off.

The Colorado State Patrol had been alerted and was waiting for them. After an 11-minute chase that included speeds of over 100 mph, the siblings’ drove off the side of the road, hit a guardrail and then flipped their car.


A Colorado news station is reporting that Lee Grace E. Dougherty -- the only female member of the trio -- climbed out of the wreckage and started shooting at authorities. She was reportedly shot in the leg.

Accounts say the state patrol took two of the Dougherty siblings into custody right away. The third sibling fled the crash site on foot, but was quickly recovered by officers.

In an interview with ABC Action News, Taylor confirmed that shots were fired but that no law enforcement officials were hurt.

According to the Denver Post, the state patrol took the siblings to a local hospital after the crash for evaluations.

Also, that crash wasn’t just a random accident. According to police, the troopers set up ‘stop sticks,’ Teflon-coated quills that puncture tires, on the highway, which caused the siblings’ car to crash.

FBI spokesperson Dave Joly thanked the media and citizens for helping aid the in capture of the Dougherty gang.

‘Without the media and the help of the community, it would’ve been hard for us to solve this quickly,’ he said. ‘They were extremely dangerous. They’ve engaged law enforcement multiple times with weapons fire, and we and state patrol took fire [Wednesday] on I-25. They’re the baddest of the bad.’


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