Sheriff: 4 killed, including infant, in Clackamas County homicide; deputies shoot suspect
CANBY, Ore. – Deputies shot and killed a man accused of killing four people at a home outside Canby, Oregon overnight Saturday, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.
One of the victims killed was identified as an infant, and officials said deputies shot the suspect before he was able to kill another child.
Deputies were called out about 10:15 p.m. Saturday on reports of a domestic violence incident near the intersection of Highway 211 and South Barlow Road.
They arrived to find four people dead, including an infant. Deputies then found the suspect, Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, of Woodburn.
“At which point they were presented with a deadly force situation. Our deputies fired their service weapons, killing the homicide suspect,” Clackamas County Sgt. Brian Jensen said.
Police identified the victims as Woodburn residents:
- Olivia Lynn Rose Gago - 9 months old
- Shaina E. Sweitzer - 31 years old
- Jerry William Bremer - 66 years old
- Pamela Denise Bremer - 64 years old
Deputies say Mark Gago was about to kill a little girl, however, deputies used deadly force before he could kill her.
A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told us that he spoke to one of the victims who got away after wrestling a "ax-type" weapon away from Gago.
"It sounded like she was asleep in her bed and he woke her up by attacking her," the neighbor said, remembering what the victim told him last night. "I’m sure it’ll be a few days until she realizes how lucky she was to get out."
Officials have not specified whether the two survivors were injured, however, the neighbor tells KATU that the female who ran from the house was "dazed and in pain."
"She said [Gago] had just gotten a new job and a new vehicle that day, so she thought he should have been in a good mood," the neighbor said. "But she did say that he had been using drugs, potentially meth."
The medical examiner has not completed a toxicology report, and KATU News has not confirmed the information provided by the neighbor.
Records show that the property belonged to Jerry and Pamela Bremer.
The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Officials have not released their names.
The 32000 block of South Barlow Road was closed for several hours during the homicide investigation.