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UPDATE: Shooting Claims 2 Lives Outside Panama City Hotel

By: Press Release from Panama City Police Dept.
By: Press Release from Panama City Police Dept.
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This story was updated at 2:21 p.m. with additional information from the Panama City Police Department.

The Panama City Police Department continues the investigation of a shooting incident that occurred on July 7, at approximately 10:45 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott located at 905 E. 23rd Place in Panama City.

Following notification of next of kin, the male victim has been identified as Johnny Floyd Graham, 57, of Wilson, North Carolina. The female victim has been identified as Vikitha Marcel Briggs, 44, of Callaway, Florida.

The shooting suspect is identified as Glen Llewellyn Briggs, 51, of Lynn Haven, Florida.

Glen Briggs and Vikitha Briggs are married and have been residing at separate residences. Graham was known to both Vikitha and Glen Briggs. A regional bulletin listing Glen Briggs as a suspect and the vehicle he was driving was sent to all area law enforcement agencies and the United States Marshals Florida Regional Task Force to help locate and apprehend Briggs for two counts of murder.

Approximately two hours after the shooting in Panama City, Glen Briggs was observed by law enforcement officers driving along Interstate 10 in Leon County. A vehicle stop was conducted and there was an exchange of gunfire between the officers and Briggs. Briggs was later pronounced deceased at a Leon County area hospital. At the time of this updated news release, the incident involving the vehicle stop and shooting in Leon County is being investigated by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office along with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The investigation of the shooting in Panama City still under investigation and further information may be released as it becomes available.

If you have any information in reference to this case, please contact Detective Roger
Rossomondo at the Panama City Police Department, 850-872-3100, or you can report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
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The Panama City Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on July 7, 2013, at approximately 10:45 pm at the Courtyard Marriott located at 905 E. 23rd Place in Panama City.

A 57 year old male victim and a 44 year old female victim were shot multiple times outside the hotel.

The male was pronounced deceased at the scene and the female victim was transported to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Witnesses who heard the shots called police and located both of the victims. Initial information was learned that a male suspect fled the area on foot and then got into a newer model maroon Dodge Charger.

Further information was learned that this was not a random act and the victims were targeted by the suspect.

A suspect was quickly identified through evidence that was collected in the investigation and assistance was requested from the United States Marshals Florida Regional Task Force to help locate and apprehend the suspect.

The task force is comprised of U.S. Marshals and members the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Panama City Police
Department, and Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the task force along with the Florida Highway Patrol apprehended the suspect during a traffic stop along Interstate 10 in Leon County on July 8, 2013, at approximately 1:00 am.

Shots were exchanged during the apprehension and the suspect was injured. The United States Marshals Office along with other law enforcement agencies are investigating the shooting incident where the suspect was apprehended.

Based on the investigation, evidence collected, and information learned, there are no other suspects at large.

This incident remains under investigation and further details cannot be released at this time.

The identity of both victims will be released after the notification of next of kin.

The identity of the suspect will not be released at this time pending further investigation.

If you have any information in reference to this case, please contact Detective Roger Rossomondo at the Panama City Police Department, 850-872-3100, or you can report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.


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