Youth prison escapee charged with attempted murder

Brittain McAuliffe allegedly tried to kill a woman

Brittain McAuliffe, September 12, 2017 (Klamath County Sheriff's Office)
Brittain McAuliffe, September 12, 2017 (Klamath County Sheriff's Office)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (KOIN) — A teenager who escaped from an Oregon youth prison has been arrested after police said he tried to kill a woman.

Court records filed Monday show 18-year-old Brittain McAuliffe was booked into the Klamath County Jail on charges of attempted murder, assault and other crimes.

Police found the woman, identified by family as Danielle Griffin, Saturday on a bike path in Klamath Falls. She was flown to a Portland hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

Spokesperson Benjamin Chambers said McAuliffe entered the juvenile corrections system back in 2012 for theft and DUI when he was either 13 or 14. He served time in Grants Pass and was released.

Danielle Griffin was shot multiple times in Klamath Falls, then brought to Portland for treatment. (Photo provided by family, September 13, 2017)
Danielle Griffin was shot multiple times in Klamath Falls, then brought to Portland for treatment. (Photo provided by family, September 13, 2017)

Then, in 2015, McAuliffe was arrested again for criminal mischief and managed to escape from a patrol car. He was again sent to the Rogue Valley Facility in Grants Pass for a year.

After a year, he was transferred to the Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility in La Grande. He was part of a work crew that was doing construction and was about 2 credits shy of getting his GED when he and another inmate left through the gate.

When asked if staff knew McAuliffe had the potential for violence, Chambers said, “We are interviewing our staff and so forth to see if there were any signs. He came in with crimes that did not indicate this certainly.”

It’s currently unclear what the motivation was for leaving the camp, but Chambers said prior to his escape, McAuliffe’s probation officer recommended that he go to another Oregon youth authority correction facility after wrapping up his time at Camp River.

It’s possible his frustration over his housing assignment may have led to his decision to escape.

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Authorities had been looking for McAuliffe since June, when he and 18-year-old Micah West escaped from Camp Riverbend, a transitional living facility in La Grande. West was captured a month after the escape in Albany.

McAuliffe will be charged as an adult in the shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report