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Information Sharing Success: FBI and state fusion center partner apprehend armed and dangerous fugitives

On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 9, 2011, after the possible sightings of the three dangerous siblings known as the Dougherty Gang in Colorado Springs, the FBI Denver Division sought the assistance of the Colorado State Fusion Center.

The fusion center, also known as the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC), facilitates the integration and dissemination of intelligence across the State of Colorado. The FBI representative embedded at the CIAC developed a “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) alert for immediate distribution to Colorado law enforcement and the national network of fusion centers.

The FBI Denver media coordinator called a 7:30 p.m. press conference and released photographs of the three wanted individuals with their vehicle description and details from eyewitness interviews. The media coordinator also asked the public to call 911 if anyone spotted the trio and warned that they posed an imminent threat to the community and members of law enforcement.

On the morning of Wednesday, August 10, 2011, local law enforcement received a citizen tip that the Doughertys were spotted in a rural area in Southern Colorado. Members from the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement pursued the suspects while taking weapons fire. All three of the Doughertys were taken into custody with no injuries to law enforcement.