Man with Nazi tattoos in custody for 3 Woodland murders

3 people found dead at one house, another wounded woman found elsewhere

Brent Luyster in an undated photo provided by the Clark County Sheriff's Office, July 16, 2016
Brent Luyster in an undated photo provided by the Clark County Sheriff's Office, July 16, 2016

WOODLAND, Wash. (KOIN) — A man with numerous Nazi tattoos is the prime suspect in a triple murder that happened late Friday in Woodland.

A Confederate flag over the house where police say Brent Luyster killed 3 people. (KOIN)
A Confederate flag over the house where police say Brent Luyster killed 3 people. (KOIN)

Brent W. Luyster, 35, was taken into custody without incident by Cowlitz County Deputies as Washington State Troopers at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. He was found in a Gold Ford Explorer on Ocean Beach Hwy.

Woodland police officers found a woman shot in the face around 10:20 p.m. Friday at the AM/PM store on CC Street. They learned a shooting happened at 4006 NW 417th Street, and brought in the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Regional SWAT unit.

Three people were found dead at that location. None of the victims has been identified publicly at this time.

He was considered armed and extremely dangerous.

The Clark County Major Crimes Unit will continue its investigation.

Previous arrests

In May, Luyster allegedly pistol whipped his 32-year-old ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his child.

When police responded to arrest Luyster at his house, they heard gun fire from the woods nearby. Deputies thought he was shooting at them and eventually talked him into surrendering.

Brent Luyster in a Vancouver court appearance on charges of second-degree felony assault and racially motivated malicious harassment, May 17, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Brent Luyster in a Vancouver court appearance on charges of second-degree felony assault and racially motivated malicious harassment, May 17, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

He was charged with 2nd-degree assault, 9 counts of unlawful possession of firearms and reckless endangerment.

In 2013, Luyster, his brother Robert and a man named Donald McElfish were arrested for an alleged racial attack at the QuarterDeck Bar in Vancouver.

All 3 have with ties to a white supremacy group and were charged at that timewith 2nd-degree felony assault and racially motivated malicious harassment for the incident.

The men arrived at the tavern, saw a black man sitting with a white woman at the bar. Court documents at that time said Brent Luyster made a racially pointed remark about it. Robert Luyster shouted a threat, got a gun from his car, put a bullet into the chamber, stepped outside and pointed the gun at 3 people standing there, documents said.

Robert then gave the gun to his brother Brent, who also began to threaten the 3 men. The Luysters left in McElfish’s car when they heard police coming.

The Luysters, court documents said, hold racist beliefs and have previously been associated with the Skinheads.

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