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Local Police involved in manhunt for fugitive siblings from FL

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Suspects, from left, Ryan Edward Dougherty, Lee Grace Dougherty, and Stanley Dylan Dougherty./ courtesy FBI Suspects, from left, Ryan Edward Dougherty, Lee Grace Dougherty, and Stanley Dylan Dougherty./ courtesy FBI

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Three Florida siblings, accused of shooting at police, and robbing a bank, may have passed through Chattanooga. 

The FBI confirms, at a press conference held by Denver officials, the trio was spotted in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tuesday afternoon.

"We don't know why they've come to our state and we don't know where they might be headed or what direction they may be headed in, but the information that we have is credible. Our investigation has led us to believe that this was the actual individuals we're looking for," says Dave Joly, spokesman for the FBI Office in Denver.

Law enforcement from Florida to Colorado is asking you to keep your eyes open for the three, known as the Dougherty gang.

From police radios to interstate billboards, Chattanooga is joining the national manhunt for two brothers and a sister.

"It is very clear that these three are on some type of mission," says Pasco County, Florida Sheriff Chris Nocco.

29 year-old Lee Grace, 26 year old Dylan, and 21 year old Ryan Dougherty are seen on dash cam video leading Florida police on a high speed chase and firing more than 20 shots at a patrol car.

The crime spree continued into Georgia, where the trio is accused of robbing a Valdosta bank, using high powered weapons.

A former neighbor says the trio knows a lot about firearms.

"Like heavy duty weapons, I don't know what kind, but certainly not a BB gun, like heavy duty weapons," says Yvonne Clanton.

Now text messages from Ryan Dougherty to his mother, indicate more trouble could be on the way.

"He has actually texted her in the past several days saying at some point we all have to die," says Sheriff Nocco.

That's why the FBI has notified local law enforcement agencies along the I-75 corridor.

East Ridge Police have received phone calls from citizens claiming to see the siblings, The most recent came from this wooded area off South Terrace. 

"All those have been followed up on and so far have not materialized," says Erik Hopkins, spokesperson for East Ridge Public Safety.

Hopkins says timely reporting is crucial.

He encourages anyone who spots the Doughertys, or their 2006 white Subaru Impreza, to call police.

"We'd rather come out and find out its not them than it turn out it was them and let these folks move on," says Hopkins.

This isn't the first time the siblings have been in trouble with the law. All three have criminal records.

Ryan Dougherty is a convicted sex offender, sentenced just a day before the high-speed chase.

The three were seen traveling in a white Subaru Impreza with a New York Tag, FBE-5900.

Tuesday afternoon's sighting connects the three to a small white vehicle with stolen Texas tags, LCS 909. The FBI in Denver warns the plate could be changed at anytime.

The Doughertys are considered armed and dangerous.

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