The Drowsy Chaperone (Don Ward)
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A fugitive now locked up in Southern Colorado says she “deserved to get shot.” That’s what Lee Grace Dougherty said in an arrest affidavit obtained by KKTV 11 News. Her testimony in that document has investigators believing that her brother Dylan was shooting at officers during the high speed chase.
The siblings - Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21; Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26; and Lee Grace Dougherty, 29 – are each facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault on a peace officer. They’re being held in Pueblo County on $1.25 million bail.
Each sibling has two arrest affidavits. That’s because they are facing charges from both the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the State Patrol.
The CBI is charging each sibling with attempted first degree murder. According to their arrest affidavits, the older brother Dylan is facing this charge for firing his Ak-47 at officers during the car chase. Ryan faces it for driving the car while his brother was shooting at them. And Lee Grace for pointing a machine gun directly at the Walsenburg Police Chief, who then shot her in the leg.
In the documents Police Chief James Chamberlain said he felt his life was threatened. Lee Grace told Deputies, “I pointed the gun at the cop” and “I deserved to get shot”. She also admits to hearing, “The cop said drop the gun.”
11 News has learned the investigators believe Ryan was driving the car during the 22-mile chase down I-25 that reached 120 miles per hour. Lee Grace confessed that Ryan was driving and said, “A person can’t drive and shoot a gun at the same time.”
The affidavit suggests, therefore, that Dylan was the one firing at officers from the moving vehicle.
When asked about the chase Lee Grace said, “We weren’t trying to hurt anyone; we just wanted them to get them to get back. They were way back and we could barely see them. We were getting shot, then we wrecked.”
Lee Grace said she thought they were getting shot at during the chase, but investigators say no shots were fired by law enforcement during the pursuit. When discussing the crash she confirmed that she “didn’t shoot at any cop in the State of Colorado.”
The “Dougherty Gang” also facing first-degree assault charges, for firing at deputies during the chase. Deputies believe they intended to injure, because they found two assault rifles, a sub-machine gun, and a handgun in their car.
According to documents, Trooper Mark Buneta of the Colorado State Patrol was the lead vehicle in the pursuit as it moved south on I-25 through Huerfano County. At mile marker 67 Trooper Buneta clearly heard loud popping noises from the suspect’s vehicle. Based on his training and experience, said they sound like gun fire directed towards the pursuing law enforcement officers.
The affidavit says the trio’s Subaru hit speeds as fast as 120 miles per hour. The chase ended when an off-duty State Trooper deployed a tire deflation device near a construction zone he was overseeing. The car rolled over on I-25 at mile marker 52 and came to rest atop the guard rail approximately 43-miles south of Pueblo.
After the crash, Lee Grace Dougherty got out of the car and tried to flee through a nearby field. That was when she pointed the weapon at Chief Chamberlain and tried to chamber a round. He fired first, however, hitting her once in the leg.
According to the affidavit, she said she instantly dropped the gun after Chief Chamberlain shot her in the leg. She described the pain as, “all through my body.”
Ryan also fled on foot but was later captured by citizens, who turned him over to officers. Dylan was arrested at the crash site.
The “Dougherty Gang” was supposed to be in court Thursday for a video advisement hearing, but their attorney waived their right to make an appearance and hear the charges against them. The judge did, however, set all three of their bonds at $1.25 million.
11 News tried to catch up their public defender outside the courthouse, asking him how he felt about his involvement with such a notorious trio.
“The same way I feel about all my clients,” said William Martinez, who is known for working on high-profile cases in Southern Colorado.
The trio remains at the Pueblo County Jail. Their next court appearance is scheduled for August 15.
The siblings also have no-bond warrants in Florida and Georgia on charges they robbed a bank in Georgia and shot at a police officer in Florida.
The nationwide manhunt for the trio began when they allegedly fired shots at an officer in Florida who was trying to pull them over for speeding. Police say they went on to rob a bank in Georgia, but federal agents lost track of them until Tuesday's report of a sighting at an REI store on Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs.
That sighting was the first of many in Southern Colorado area, and sparked increased vigilance from residents and officers alike.
Colorado Springs residents Raven Cascaden and her fiancé David Cabrera got caught in the heightened police awareness. They were driving down Nevada Avenue when a CSPD officer pulled them over.
"The cop had asked if I had been watching the news and if I'd seen the two brothers and sister from Florida. He said well, you look like (Lee Grace) and they had camping stuff in their car, which I had a sleeping bag in my backseat,” Cascaden said.
"We waited about 10 minutes with cops behind us and didn't know what was going on, ya a little scared and confused you know," Cabrera added.
They were also reportedly spotted at an area Walmart buying ammunition Tuesday night.
Investigators say the three spent the night in the San Isabel National Forest on the Tuesday night before they were caught.
The trio was spotted Wednesday by Deputy Newsome, with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department, at a gas station near exit 74 on I-25. That is where the car chase began around 9:45 a.m.
The deputy pursued the vehicle quietly at first in an unmarked vehicle, but that quickly grew into a full-blown pursuit and three state troopers eventually joined in.
The three were armed with a Mac-11 machine pistol, two AK-47 rifles and a handgun.
"You could hear the fragments or something hitting the road in front of the car, and then hitting the car, but it wasn't bullets. But you could hear the shots," Newsome said.
After the Subaru crashed, Lee Grace and Ryan got out.
Ryan tried to run from the scene. He was unarmed and caught about a half mile away, thanks to alert citizens. Two construction workers and one man who lives nearby tackled him to the ground.
Shane Zibinski and Dave Dallaguardia both work for Lawrence Construction out of Littleton. They were working on a project north of Walsenburg. At the time of the crash, they were in an office located just west of the highway.
"We heard a couple gun shots and some police sirens, went out to take a look, to see what's going on and saw cops coming down the on-ramp with their guns drawn. That's when we saw the suspect coming through the brush," said Zibinski. He adds, "We hoped the fence and that's when the suspect turned around and pointed his fingers at us like he had a gun and told us to get back."
The two men called police and were trying to keep eyes on the suspect, following him to a creek bed filled with brush.
"We had no idea that this guy was the fugitive from Florida and Georgia. I just know it was a guy running from police and I didn't want him to get away," said Dallaguardia.
Dave Vucetich is a Walsenburg resident who was in the area eating breakfast. He said Ryan ran in front of his car. Vucetich saw the two other men going after him and decided to hop out and join in. He said he tried talking to the suspect, telling him to turn himself in. Once he saw that Ryan was not armed, he took actions into his own hands.
"He turned his back to me and I just grabbed his hands and arms, pulled them behind his back and held him down to the ground. He kind of got away from me because he was covered in sewage because he went through a sewage pond. But I got another grip on him, got him down and he gave up pretty easy," said Vucetich.
The three men are being called heroes for their actions. But they say they were just trying to help out. They believe it would have been difficult for officers to find the suspect and could have turned into a long manhunt if they didn't catch him when they did. They say the creek bed is full of brush, giving the suspect lots of places to hide.
"I knew with all the police and all the action going on they were all concentrating over there, I knew no one had any clue that this guy was over here and he was going to get away," said Dallaguardia.
During a Wednesday evening press conference, authorities attributed the arrest to the "vigilance of citizens" who reported sightings of the trio in Southern Colorado.
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