Three siblings wanted for a bank robbery in Georgia and the attempted murder of a Florida police officer wouldn't go down without a fight, opening fire during a police chase that ended with them crashing on a Colorado interstate, authorities said Wednesday.
"I am proud to say today we won," said Sheriff Chris Nocco of Pasco County, Florida, where the trio was wanted.
Officials called the suspects "the Dougherty family" and identified them as Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21; sister Lee Grace Dougherty, 29; and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26.
They were all in custody and receiving medical treatment Wednesday afternoon. All three suffered injuries, but none were life-threatening, Pueblo County, Colorado, Sheriff Kirk Taylor said.
Taylor said the three were chased by police on Interstate 25 and captured near Walsenberg, south of Pueblo. Shots were fired at officers, according to authorities.
Deputies earlier Wednesday spotted the white Subaru at a gas station after it left a campground near Colorado City, the Colorado State Patrol said. The vehicle would not stop, and a 20-mile high-speed chase ensued.
One of the suspects got out of the vehicle, which had Texas plates, after the crash, but was soon apprehended, Taylor said.
"The three Doughertys were speeding," Nocco told reporters. "It's ironic they didn't learn their lesson. The Colorado State Patrol attempted to pull them over. In that attempt to pull them over, the Doughertys went back to their MO and started shooting at law enforcement."
On Tuesday, a U.S. magistrate issued warrants for the siblings' arrest in connection with an August 2 bank robbery in Valdosta, Georgia, where an AK-47 type assault rifle and an apparent machine pistol were used.
According to Taylor, the trio spent Tuesday night in the San Isabel National Forest in Pueblo County, about 10 to 12 miles west of Colorado City.
They are also suspects in the attempted murder of a Zephyrhills, Florida, police officer that took place the same day — but five hours earlier and 200 miles away.
The officer wasn't injured, though occupants in the getaway vehicle fired numerous rounds during a chase that reached up to 100 miles per hour, according to the Pasco County, Florida, Sheriff's Office. One round struck a tire, disabling the police vehicle, the sheriff's office said.
Since then, the siblings had been the subject of an interstate manhunt, with their faces plastered on hundreds of digital billboards from Florida to Kentucky to Texas.
According to a timeline of events that officials provided, Ryan Dougherty was sentenced August 1 in Volusia County, Florida, to 10 years' probation and two years of community control monitoring for convictions on two counts of sending harmful information to a minor.
After the sentencing, he sent his mother a text message: "There's a time for all of us to die," according to the sheriff's office.
At 6:30 a.m. August 2, a witness saw all three siblings leave in a white four-door vehicle from their Lacoochee home. At 6:59 a.m., Ryan Dougherty cut off his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet near Zephyrhills, the sheriff's office said.
At 7:12 a.m. August 2, the shooting with the Florida police officer occurred, after which 20 high-caliber casings were found at the scene, the sheriff's office said. The five-mile pursuit began after the officer tried to pull the vehicle over for speeding on State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, 30 miles northeast of Tampa, authorities said.
Then came the armed bank robbery at a CertusBank in Valdosta, Georgia, at 12:24 p.m. the same day, the FBI said.
During that robbery, three people dressed in black with masks entered the bank's front entrance, the FBI said. Shots were fired at the ceiling, and everyone was told to get down, the bureau said. At least two of the robbers were armed, and the third obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, the FBI said.