The Panama City Police Department continues this evening to investigate the string of burglaries and the actions of the fleeing suspects in today's incident. The driver of the silver 1999 Honda Civic involved in the burglaries and pursuit has been identified as Christopher D. McElwain, 39 years of age, and the passenger identified as Dana K. Lanham, 27 years of age.
Both are residents of Owensboro, Kentucky. McElwain's remains were turned over to the Medical Examiners Office and his next of kin has been notified of his death related to the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Lanham is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in this incident and has been charged at this time with five counts of Principal to Burglary, one count of Dealing in Stolen Property, and Fugitive from Justice for a warrant out of Kentucky for Burglary.
McElwain was also a Fugitive, wanted out of Kentucky for Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
Detectives are in the process of recovering and identifying some property that was stolen during the burglaries. More charges are expected as the investigations into the burglaries continue.
Lanham was booked into the Bay County Jail for the charges at approximately 7:15 p.m.
If you have any information in reference to this or any other crime please contact the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3112 or you can also report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
Press Release Provided by the Panama City Police Department
Mugshot of McElwain Provided by the Owensboro, Kentucky Police Department