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Fugitive siblings caught in Pueblo County after chase

Three heavily-armed fugitive siblings who created a media frenzy as the FBI hunted them across the country were finally caught on a highway in Pueblo County, Colorado, yesterday and charged with assault on a police officer.

Known as the "Dougherty Gang," the 29-year-old sister, 26-year-old brother and 21-year-old half-brother were taken into custody after a high-speed chase on the interstate, during which AK-47 rounds were fired at four patrol cars, a spokesman from the Colorado State Patrol said.

The fugitives, who were driving a stolen Subaru, were finally stopped In Walsenburg, Colorado, after troopers used spiked strips across the interstate to pop a tire, which sent the getaway car rolling and then slamming into a guardrail.

The two brothers were injured in the crash, but one was apprehended after he tried to get away on foot. The sister was reportedly shot in the leg after she pointed a gun at an officer. All three had non-severe injuries and were treated at a local hospital before being transferred to Pueblo County Jail.

The three are accused of shooting at a police officer in Florida and robbing a bank in Georgia as well as other crimes. After their pictures were highly publicized, citizens reported seeing the trio at a Colorado City gas station, a Colorado Springs REI buying a tent and finally a campground south of Colorado Springs.

Following yesterday's chase and standoff, the three now face four charges each of first-degree assault on an officer. They were scheduled for a first appearance in court today in Pueblo, but authorities said they would appear by video from the jail.

In addition, the three face no-bond warrants in Georgia and Florida, which will need to be dealt with as well. In criminal law, a suspect is typically charged and prosecuted in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed.

"These three have a big legal mess in front of them and at some point they'll face charges in all those jurisdictions," a FBI Special Agent Phil told reporters.

Indeed, adding the final chase and standoff with police to their list of charges only makes the situation more serious for the trio. Had they surrendered peaceably, they would have been sent to the other jurisdictions to be dealt with there.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, "Dougherty fugitives to appear in Pueblo court," Ivan Moreno and Kristen Wyatt, Aug. 11, 2011.

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