3 dead following hotel shooting in Florida Panhandle

ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 9, 2013 

PANAMA CITY -- A man suspected of killing his wife and another man at the Courtyard Marriott in Panama City was killed during a shootout with law enforcement several hours later on Interstate 10 near Tallahassee.

The initial shooting took place about 10:45 p.m. Sunday outside the hotel in Panama City. The suspect, Glenn Llewellyn Briggs, 51, was pulled over about 2 a.m. Monday.

Vikitha Marcel Briggs, 44, and Johnny Floyd Graham, 57, were shot multiple times in what appeared to be a targeted shooting, according to Panama City police. Graham died at the scene and Vikitha Briggs died a short time later at the hospital.

The News Herald of Panama City reported witnesses called police after hearing shots ring out. Officers reported that Glenn Briggs fled on foot and then got into a newer model maroon Dodge Charger.

Authorities spotted the vehicle on Interstate 10 and, during a traffic stop, police said, Glenn Briggs began shooting at law enforcement officers, including the Florida Highway Patrol.

"Shots rang out coming from the suspect's vehicle with deputies and FHP returning fire," said Lt. James McQuaig, public information officer for the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

The United States Marshal's Florida Regional Task Force is participating in the investigation.

Panama City police officers are continuing to gather evidence at the hotel. They say information gathered at the scene helped them put out a "be-on-the-lookout" for Glenn Briggs.

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