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Fugitive Siblings Arrested in Colorado After Alleged Shootout With Police

Authorities said all along that the so-called "Dougherty Gang" wouldn't go down easy.

The three fugitive siblings accused of crimes in Florida and Georgia were arrested Wednesday following a high-speed car chase in Colorado that ended in a shootout with police, authorities said.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, Dylan Dougherty, 26 and their sister, Lee Grace Doughtery, 29, were arrested after a short pursuit on Interstate 25 near Walsenburg, roughly 50 miles north of the New Mexico state line, according to troopers.

Authorities say multiple shots were fired from the suspect’s vehicle during the 20-mile, high-speed car chase. The car eventually rolled over after hitting police stop sticks and shooting continued at the crash site, authorities said. 

Lee Grace fled the totaled car carrying an automatic pistol and fired at least one shot at a police officer, authorities said. She was shot in the leg, but the injury was not serious. There was at least one gunshot by police at the crash site.

Authorities said they found a MAC-11, two AK-47s and a handgun in plain sight at the scene. One brother ran from the car, but was swiftly apprehended by a state trooper, state police said.

The suspects suffered minor injuries in the crash and no police officers were harmed.

Their arrests end the nationwide manhunt for the siblings that began Aug. 2. The three are suspected of firing at least 20 shots at a Florida officer who tried to pull them over for speeding in a chase at speeds up to 100 mph.

Hours later, three people wearing masks robbed a bank in Valdosta, Ga., about 210 miles north. One robber brandished an AK-47 assault rifle while another was photographed by a security camera waving a machine pistol, the FBI said.

The siblings' mother, Barbara Bell, pleaded for her children to turn themselves in during an interview with a local news station. 

"You've made some bad mistakes, but so far no one has been physically harmed," Bell told WFTS-TV. "The only safe thing, the only right thing, the only good thing -- possible thing to do -- is for you to turn yourselves in." 

"I love you," she said. 

Her three children, however, had run ins with the law before.

Lee Grace has been arrested several times for battery. Earlier this year, she was charged in a hit-and-run accident, just 10 days after being arrested for DUI and battery of a law enforcement officer, according to the St. Petersburg Times. On her photo-sharing Flickr account, she describes herself as a proud "redneck," who loves "to farm and shoot guys and wreck cars" and says she likes "milk and German engineering and causing mayhem with my siblings."

Ryan Dougherty -- whose prior arrests included battery, burglary, destroying evidence and possession of methamphetamine -- recently was sentenced to 10 years probation for sexual battery after sending explicit text messages to an 11-year-old girl, according to the St. Petersburg Times. He is believed to have cut off an ankle monitor just before last week's crime spree began.

Their brother, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, with the shortest criminal record, was once arrested for marijuana possession.

The search shifted to Colorado Tuesday after FBI officials said the trio made a purchase at an outdoors shop and could be headed to a campground or rural area to try to avoid capture.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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