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Captured Dougherty Sister: 'I Deserved to Get Shot'

ABC News (PUEBLO, Colo.) -- Lee Grace Dougherty, the Florida stripper who led her two brothers in a cross-country manhunt, told police after she was wounded and captured, "I deserved to get shot."

Lee Dougherty, the oldest of the trio of heavily armed siblings, appeared in court Thursday by video along with her two brothers, Ryan Dougherty, 21, and Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26. They were ordered held on $1.25 million bail each.

They were captured in Colorado on Wednesday after a 20-mile car chase with speeds up to 120 mph with one of the Doughertys allegedly firing an AK-47 assault rifle at pursuing cops. The chase ended when they tried to avoid spikes in the road set up by cops intended to deflate their tires, lost control of the car and the vehicle rolled over.

In a police affidavit made public Thursday, Lee Dougherty admitted to police that after the crash she was running away while carrying a machine pistol. Police said she "stopped, attempted to work the action on the pistol, and pointed the weapon directly at" Walsenburg Police Chief Chamberlain. See the police affidavit here.

But the cop fired several rounds at her instead. One bullet struck her in the right thigh.

In a confession to FBI Agent Christian Mohr, she said, "I pointed the gun at the cop," and, "I deserved to get shot."

When she felt that she had been shot, Dougherty said that "instantly, I let go of the gun" and "the pain was all through my body."

She also acknowledged that she heard the police's order. "The cop said drop the gun," the affidavit quotes Dougherty as saying.

In questioning, an officer asked the eldest of the Dougherty gang if she had shot at officers before being apprehended. "She looked down and said, 'Well…I did not shoot anyone,'" according to the affidavit.

"We weren't trying to hurt anyone, we just wanted them to get back," Dougherty said, referring to the police officers who were pursuing them. "They were way back and we could barely see them. We were getting shot at, then we wrecked."

Police inserted a note in the affidavit saying that no shots were fired at the Dougherty car during the chase and that they may have mistaken the sounds made by tire deflation devices as gunshots.

When police asked her who in the car was firing at the police, Dougherty said that she "didn't shoot at any cop in the state of Colorado" and that her brother Ryan was driving the car. "A person can't drive and shoot a gun at the same time," Dougherty said, leading police to the conclusion that her half-brother Dylan was the one shooting at pursuing officers with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Dougherty's fiancé, Brendon Bookman, told ABC News today that when he accepted a collect call from her jail Wednesday, she was almost cheery.

He was greeted with an upbeat, "Hey!"

"Brendon, your girlfriend really messed up. Why'd you let me do this?" Dougherty said, according to Bookman, who spoke to ABC News.

"She was very coherent and lucid, surprisingly so considering what she's facing," Bookman said. "She said, 'Come out here and get my brothers out first and then get me.' She always puts the needs of her family ahead of her own needs, even when it's to her own detriment."

Bookman said that while his family has bonded Dougherty out of jail before, he believed she was being "facetious" when she asked him to come get her, knowing full well that he could not afford the $130,000 he believes is necessary to post her $1.3 million bond.

Bookman that he is as baffled as to why the tight-knit trio embarked on a dangerous and violent crime spree.

"I don't know what her motive was, if she in fact did this. I have no idea what they would have been hoping to accomplish or why they would have even undertaken such activities," Bookman said.

He described his fiancé as someone willing to put herself in danger for the sake of her family.

"She thought family was everything and she was the kind of person that would jump on the grenade to save her siblings, even if it meant losing her own life," he said.

Bookman respects the tight family bonds, but said that from his point of view, it's time for Dougherty to start worrying about herself.

"At this point, I think it's time [for her] to worry about herself and let [her brothers] worry about themselves," Bookman said. "I love Lee Grace and hopefully someday I can see her again as a free woman."

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Fugitive Siblings Captured after High-Speed Chase

FBI(PUEBLO, Colo.) -- All three members of the Dougherty Gang have been captured south of Pueblo, Colo., following a high speed chase that topped 100 mph and was punctuated by gunshots, according to police and the FBI.

The short-lived cross-country manhunt came to an abrupt end Wednesday when their car crashed while being pursued by police.

The allegedly heavily-armed gang consists of stripper Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and her two brother, Ryan, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26. They had been on the run for more than a week after allegedly firing at Florida police officer who tried to make a traffic stop, and then later reportedly robbing a Georgia bank.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor told ABC's Tampa affiliate WFTS that speeds exceeded 100 mph during the 20 mile chase. He said that shots were fired during the pursuit.

Two of the siblings were immediately captured after the crash. The third attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended not far from the crash site, according to WFTS.

Police say one suspect was injured, but have not released which Dougherty it was or their present condition.

"We enlisted the help of State Patrol. We had a short, high-speed chase," Taylor told ABC's radio affiliate KHOW. "The car subsequently crashed."

The trio had disappeared until they were spotted Tuesday afternoon in Colorado buying camping supplies, authorities said. They were seen at an REI sporting goods store in Colorado Springs, cops say.

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Dougherty Trio Allegedly Spotted in Colorado Springs

Ryan Dougherty, 21, left, sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, have been on the lam since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Florida police officer attempting to pull over their white Subaru Impreza for speeding. Federal Bureau of Investigation(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Authorities in Colorado Springs say they received a tip the Dougherty siblings -- two brothers and their sister connected to a crime spree in Florida last week -- were spotted in the area of Woodmen and I-25 Tuesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m.

The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous.

Investigators have yet to confirm the identity of the trio said to have been spotted in the woods, but police say the individuals were last seen driving a small white vehicle with Texas license plates LCS 909. The plates have been reported stolen out of Texas, according to police.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, sister Lee Grace E. 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.

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Fugitive Dougherty Siblings Allegedly Have Deadly 'Arsenal'

FBI Atlanta Field Office(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The fugitive Dougherty siblings, on the lam for a week, have an arsenal of high-powered weapons, and a newly released video shows that the siblings know how to use them, police said.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, sister Lee Grace E. 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.

"We know that Ryan several years ago purchased an AK-47 at a pawn shop," Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff Chris Nocco said.  "We know his brother, Dylan, also purchased several high-caliber rifles and handguns...We were also informed by family members that they do have a large arsenal and when we searched the house, there were no weapons or any ammunition left so we know they took them with them."

Nocco said the siblings could be anywhere.

"We want to reiterate to the Dougherty family, we want you to turn yourselves in, we want a peaceful resolution, but at the same time we understand if they want to battle with us, we have the resources and we will win," Nocco said.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Monday released dash-cam video of the high-speed chase that launched the nationwide manhunt to find the siblings, now dubbed the Dougherty Gang.

The chase started the same day that Ryan Dougherty had allegedly cut off his court-ordered ankle monitoring device.  He'd been forced to register as a sex offender for sending explicit text messages to an 11-year-old girl.

The video shows the Doughertys' white Subaru zooming by the Zephyrhills, Florida police car.  The police officer can be heard saying, "Speeds over 100 mph at this time."

The siblings allegedly take aim at the car.  The officer says, "Fired several shots at me."

Nocco said the Doughertys weren't just trying to disable the police car, they were trying to kill the officer.

Luckily, the officer was uninjured.  The chase came to an end when one of the 20 shots fired at the officer punctured his patrol car's tire.

A few hours later, the siblings allegedly robbed a bank in Valdosta, Georgia.  A masked woman who appears to be Lee Grace Dougherty is seen allegedly holding an Uzi submachine gun.

"She had her finger on the trigger.  We know they are trained in these weapons, they're not afraid to use them and they are extremely dangerous," Nocco said.

A week into the manhunt for the violent criminals, spottings have been reported throughout the southeast, including one in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  A digital billboard campaign is also being used by law enforcement.

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