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Heavily Armed Fugitive Sibling Trio Fired on Officer, Robbed Ga. Bank

August 09, 2011  | 

Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Two brothers and their older sister may be hiding in Tennessee, after firing at a Florida police officer and robbing a bank in Georgia.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, sister Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, have been on the run since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Florida police officer attempting to pull over their white Subaru Impreza for speeding. A few hours later, they allegedly robbed a bank in Georgia.

The incident began the morning of Aug. 2, when Zephyrhills (Fla.) Police Officer Kevin Widner attempted to pull over a white Subaru Impreza occupied by the Dougherty siblings. The vehicle, which has a New York license plate, was clocked at 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Officer Widner pursued the vehicle at speeds reaching 100 mph westward on State Road 54, leaving the Zephyrhills city boundary into the Pasco County Sheriff's jurisdiction.

An occupant of the vehicle fired at the officer near Allen Road. The pursuit continued to Morris Bridge Road near a CVS pharmacy, when the suspects again fired at the officer, puncturing the cruiser's tire with a round. The suspects were last seen heading north on Oakwood Drive.

Shortly after noon that same day, the suspects are believed to have robbed Certus Bank in Valdosta, Ga. Police believe the three entered the bank dressed in black with masks, fired shots at the ceiling, and instructed everyone in the bank to get down. Two brandished weapons, including a machine pistol and AK-47.

They collected an undisclosed amount of money and fled in a white, four-door sedan. The Doughertys are believed to be heavily armed.

Comments (10)

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FrankD @ 8/9/2011 7:29 PM

I would hate to be the LEO who ends up in a shootout with this bunch. I'm sure some Liberals will be screaming that the kids were just upset that they couldn't find a job or never had the proper schooling and family structure. We need a License to go fishing, but not to have kids!

mini28 @ 8/9/2011 8:29 PM

Damn, Ma Barker has returned from the dead and raised more miscreant hellions. I hope they get their just rewards, SOON!

DaveSAM25G @ 8/10/2011 12:22 AM

Said may have been sited in Colorado Springs area news source....BOLO I don't like the sound oif this one... and stay safe !

dale @ 8/10/2011 6:03 AM

I am from a small pd and we are equipped with ar-15"s in our patrol cars. I hope this crowd makes their way to us and we will even the odds alittle.

lt dan @ 8/10/2011 6:18 AM

The comment from dale scares me a little. Maybe too eager!

Eric @ 8/10/2011 7:04 AM

Dale's comment about the Dougherty siblings "hope this crowd makes their way to us" goes against everything law enforcement is about when it comes to protecting the public. You stand EVER READY to defend..but NEVER EAGER to "even the odds". God help you if they approach you, because if they do, the odds are already against you. Their mindset is engaged and set on destruction. Your mindset everyday is dealing with reports, a domestic or two, maybe some traffic I pray, again, they don't approach you when you least expect it. San Diego Police Officer Henwood (EOS: 7AUG11) had a patrol rifle in his car also but it didn't help him from the shotgun blast that came from the passenger side of the suspect vehicle that had just pulled up alongside him. Like I said earlier, for the sake of you and your family, I hope they don't make their way to you. RIP Officer Henwood.

crshncrm @ 8/10/2011 9:37 AM

I love Dale's comments. If you do not have the mindset to take on people like these three then you will be victimized by people like these three. Dale does not sound eager to me, just prepared to take on people bent on "destruction." Eric describes the mindset that gets most cops killed, it is called presumed compliance. Be ready for people like this so when it happens you have at least thought about it.

Ed @ 8/10/2011 9:38 AM

Eric, you are right. I have been in three situations where I have been shot at and one where we returned fire. These incidents happened 30 years ago and I still think about them. These kids need stopped but I hate to think about the cost of what it will take. I pray that whoever has the call at the time will be safe and if possible it will be resolve safely.

lt dan @ 8/10/2011 1:35 PM

Eric, you are most correct! There is a difference between being ready and being eager. I try to be ready every day, and especially when I wear the badge. I am never EAGER for the confrontation!

karro @ 8/11/2011 7:52 PM

I think Eric makes a couple of good points. However, I would have to side with Dale. I work for a department not to far from the San Diego incident, so it hit close to home. I was tought and always keep the mindset, that it is not a matter if something will happen, but a matter of when. Brothers and sisters in LE don't go looking for the fight, it will come to you. That said, be safe and be ready

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