Three Pasco County siblings wanted for allegedly shooting at a Zephyrhills police officer during a traffic stop are now accused of holding up a Georgia bank just hours later.
Authorities say brothers Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, and Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and their sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, have a weapons stockpile and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Just after noon Tuesday, investigators said, three masked robbers entered a Valdosta, Ga., bank. Shots were fired toward the ceiling and everyone was ordered to the ground.
According to the FBI, one robber had an assault rifle and one had a machine pistol. They stole an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing in a white, four-door car.
No injuries were reported in the heist, which came about five hours after a Zephyrhills police officer pulled over a white, four-door car for speeding.
Shots were fired from the car, later identified as a 2006 Subaru Impreza. The officer, who was not injured, did not return fire but gave chase. The pursuit ended when a bullet hit the patrol car's front left tire.
A federal magistrate in Georgia issued warrants today for the siblings on charges of armed bank robbery.
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and Zephyrhills Police Chief David Shears issued a statement announcing the new lead in "hunting down these criminals."
"We hope for a peaceful resolution and the suspects turn themselves in, but understand that these fugitives are on a violent mission and must be stopped by any means possible before they harm another innocent person or a law enforcement officer," the statement said.
Investigators also were trying to determine whether firearms parts found Wednesday morning in a women's bathroom at Tampa International Airport are related to the Zephyrhills shooting, although that doesn't appear likely.
"The gun parts have not been linked to any active investigation by any agency at this time," airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan said in a statement today.
Billboard messages are running in several Florida cities with photos of the siblings and the Subaru, which has a New York tag FBE 5900.
Authorities said the siblings have lived in Lacoochee in northeast Pasco for the past three years.
Ryan Dougherty was sentenced Monday to 12 years of probation on Volusia County charges of lewd and lascivious conduct involving a victim younger than 16 and sending harmful material to a minor.
Authorities said Dougherty was supposed to wear an ankle monitor as part of his probation but cut it off just before the shooting.
Deputies said Dougherty sent his mother a message after the shooting saying, "At some point we all have to die."