Sheriff: Suspect in triple murder tries to break out jail

Brent Luyster appears in court on murder charges on July 18, 2016. (KATU Photo)

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The suspect in a triple murder in Woodland, Washington tried to break out of jail Sunday night, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jail staff said Brent Luyster broke a window in an attempt to escape the jail facility. Luyster is facing murder charges after investigators said he shot and killed three people at a Woodland home last August.

A fourth victim was injured in the shooting; she crawled away and notified the sheriff’s office of the homicide.

Luyster was arrested on assault and gun charges a few months before the homicide case when deputies said he pistol-whipped his ex-girlfriend in the head.

A corrections deputy found the broken window about 9 p.m. Sunday during a routine perimeter check. According to officials, the deputy interrupted Luyster's escape attempt.

The jail facility is in a lock-down while staff assesses security at the facility.

"We need to make sure this escape attempt was isolated to this one inmate and does not involve other inmates or other areas of the jail facility," said Undersheriff Mike Cooke.

The sheriff's office will forward the results of their investigation to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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