Deputies arrest suspect in Woodland triple homicide

Brent Luyster is wanted for a triple homicide in Woodland (Photo courtesy Woodland Police)

WOODLAND, Wash. -- Deputies have arrested a man wanted for killing three people and injuring another in Woodland Friday night.

Deputies were first called to a convenience store on CC Street around 10:20 p.m., where they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.

Debbie Ayres, a Shift Supervisor for the store, described what it was like when the woman pulled up.

"She was pretty frantic when she pulled up. I didn't see what she looked like but I know one of my employees said the bullet went in here and messed up her mouth and there was blood everywhere," Ayres said of the gunshot wound to the face.

Soon employees and customers, including a woman who just happened to be a nurse, ran to help the victim.

Additional information led police to a home in the 4000 block of NW 417th Street, where the shooting had occurred.

Deputies found three bodies at the home. They haven't been identified.

Neighbor Jeff Daniels heard several gunshots before police arrived. He says that's pretty common out here so he didn't think much of it. He says knowing three people died just down the street from his home is unnerving.

"When you think some poor people lost their lives, it's overwhelming and you have to remind yourselves of that," Daniels said.

Brent W. Luyster, 36, was named a suspect in the shooting. A manhunt for Luyster came to a close when deputies arrested him on Ocean Beach Highway around 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Luyster was driving a gold Ford Explorer with Washington plate: ATD5294. They say a tip from the public helped lead to his arrest.

While Luyster was at large, deputies warned the public that he was likely armed and extremely dangerous.


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