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Police: Family who tried to kill officer 'on a mission'

Zephyrhills, Florida -- The search continued Wednesday for the suspects who shot at a police car in Zephyrhills a day earlier.

Investigators now say they are looking for three siblings: 21-year-old Ryan Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Dougherty Stanley and 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty.

"It's very clear that these three are on some type of mission," said Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco.

The Zephyrhills Police Departments says early Tuesday morning, the three began shooting at a patrol officer who was trying to pull them over for speeding.

On Monday, Ryan Dougherty was released from prison for a conviction of a 2009 sex crime in Volusia County. As part of his probation, he was ordered to wear a tracking anklet.

Just before the police pursuit, detectives say Ryan cut the anklet off.

Nocco told 10 News he even texted his mother to say "at one point we all have to die."

Detectives say the three, who all live in a rented home in Lacoochee, could be anywhere inside or outside the state.

Police say they're armed with a "stockpile" of weapons and are considered a major public safety threat.

"We have to do everything possible to arrest them," Nocco explained.

But questions were raised Wednesday about whether they should have been able to get away in the first place.

After a five-mile chase at more than 100 miles per hour, the suspects shot out the officer's tire, disabling his vehicle, and allowing them to disappear.

At the time, there were three other officers on duty, though detectives say it took 50 seconds for the next one to arrive, and the suspects were gone by then.

Zephyrhills police chief David Shears says the department is looking into whether all proper procedures were followed.

"After every pursuit the Zephyrhills Police Department is involved in, understand that we do a pursuit review board, and understand that we're still in the process of gathering that information," Shears said.

The suspects' vehicle is described as a 2006 white Subaru Impreza with New York tag FBE5900. All three suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you know anything about these three or where they are, call your local police immediately.


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