Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco says Dougherty Gang was ''ready for war''

5:22 PM, Aug 10, 2011   |    comments
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Zephyrhills, Florida - The FBI calls them "the baddest of the bad." The "Dougherty Gang," as they were nicknamed, was ready for a fight, says the Pasco County Sheriff.

And they got one.

After a high-speed chase that included a shoot-out, the trio was arrested Wednesday near Pueblo, Colorado. Lee Grace Dougherty and her brothers, Ryan and Dylan, are now in custody.

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The trio was seen in a Colorado Walmart as recently as this morning, sources say, buying bullets for an AK-47.

"They were ready to go to war," said Sheriff Chris Nocco. "They were not going down without a fight."

The trio of siblings were nearly 2,000 miles from home, on the run for eight days from the police. They were seen at a gas station near Pueblo, which is roughly a three-hour drive South of Denver.

Cops tried to initiate a traffic stop.

Just as the siblings had done in Pasco County more than a week ago during an attempted traffic stop, they once again sped away from police.

The trio was also shooting at police, officials say, trying to hit any law enforcement they could.

This time, however, the police had stop sticks waiting on Interstate 25.

The siblings' white Subaru Impreza ran across the jagged strip and crashed into a guardrail.

It was a Bonnie and Clyde-type "adventure," some say, that ended peacefully with no law enforcement hurt.

Lee Grace was said to be shot in the leg.

FBI Special Agent Phil Niedringhaus told reporters, "The only way we knew these people were possibly in Colorado still was because somebody saw the media coverage, made a phone call to law enforcement and then the investigation in Colorado started up."

Sheriff Nocco also thanked the media's involvement in the case.

"We couldn't have done it without you," he said.

As for online reports of people glorifying the trio of siblings, the Sheriff said, "We don't like that people were glorifying them. They could have killed someone."

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