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August 2018 booking photo: Multiple-murder suspect Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, of Woodburn
August 2018 booking photo: Multiple-murder suspect Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, of Woodburn
UPDATE -- INVOLVED DEPUTIES CLEARED: Sheriff's Office responds to quadruple homicide on S. Barlow Road; suspect killed, child saved in officer-involved shooting (Photo) - 02/06/19

UDPATE (Feb. 6, 2019) -- INVOLVED DEPUTIES CLEARED BY GRAND JURY TO RETURN TO DUTY

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, a Clackamas County Grand Jury determined that the Jan. 19 shooting death of Mark Gago by deputies was justified.

The deputies have been on administrative leave during the course of the investigation that was conducted by the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team, including investigators from Canby Police, Oregon State Police, and the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office

The deputies will be returning to duty as requirements for that transition (as stipulated by Senate Bill 111) are met.

The deputies who used their firearms during this incident are:

  • Deputy Hayden Sanders
  • Deputy Tanner Davis
  • Deputy Ryan Castro
  • Deputy Nate Ariel

All are five-year veterans of the Sheriff’s Office.

Further review of the incident will be conducted by the Critical Incident Review Board to determine if any policy improvements or lessons learned can be made -- a review that occurs in all officer involved shootings.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact the acting PIO by email only at iffpio@clackamas.us">sheriffpio@clackamas.us with any follow-up questions.


EARLIER (Jan. 22, 2019, 2:48 p.m.) -- CAUSE OF DEATH

The Oregon State Medical Examiner has completed the autopsies of the four victims in the Jan. 19 quadruple homicide. 

The four victims died of homicidal violence. Weapons used in the murders include an axe and knives. Sharp-force trauma was the cause of death for three of the victims, and a combination of blunt-force trauma and sharp-force trauma was the cause of death for the male victim, Jerry Bremer.

The investigation continues. Detectives continue to process evidence and conduct interviews. This includes pending interviews of the involved deputies and construction of a detailed timeline of events leading up to the murders and officer-involved shooting. 


EARLIER (Jan. 21, 2019) -- FAMILY STATEMENTS

Statement from Tracy Burbank:

"I appreciate all the support I have received in the last few days. I ask that you please respect my privacy while I look for a way to move on with my life. I will not be accepting any requests from the media for statements or interviews.  Please allow me the time and space to heal and move forward."

Statement from the family of Hailey Grimm:

"We want to thank the public for the out pouring of love and support you have shown for Hailey. Your thoughts and kind words have been a great comfort to her.  We are now, turning our focus to Hailey’s care and treatment and ask you to please respect her privacy as she starts down her path to healing.  

We ask that if you have further questions about this incident or about Hailey that you direct them to the police who are working on the case. We plan on devoting our energies now on taking care of Hailey and helping her move forward.

Again we want to thank everyone who has kept Hailey in their thoughts and prayers and we appreciate all of the love and support. We will not be accepting any further requests for statements or interviews at this time."


EARLIER (Jan. 20, 2019) -- Sheriff's Office responds to quadruple homicide on S. Barlow Road; suspect killed, child saved in officer-involved shooting

Please reference CCSO Case # 19-001568

Photos:

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 19, 2019, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a multiple-homicide/domestic-violence call on the 32000 block of S. Barlow Road, in unincorporated Woodburn.

Deputies arrived at the scene. They encountered the suspect -- Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, of Woodburn -- as he was attempting to kill a young girl.

Deputies used deadly force on Gago, saving the girl's life.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

Four others were found deceased at the scene. The homicide victims ranged in age from 9 months to 66 years old.

At this writing there are two survivors -- including the girl saved by quick deputy action.

The suspect and four homicide victims all resided at the S. Barlow Road address. The victims are identified as:

  • Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, 9 months old, of Woodburn
  • Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31 years old, of Woodburn
  • Jerry William Bremer, 66 years old, of Woodburn
  • Pamela Denise Bremer, 64 years old, of Woodburn

The Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer (PIO) held a press briefing at 7 a.m. on Jan. 20 at the intersection of Hwy. 211/S. Barlow Rd. No additional briefings are scheduled at this writing.

South Barlow Road was closed between Hwy. 211 and S. Schneider Rd. as detectives and CSI personnel processed the scene. The road was re-opened at approximately 11 a.m. Please drive carefully as Investigators are still processing the crime scene.

An August 2018 booking photo of suspect Mark Leo Gregory Gago is linked above, along with additional photos from the scene.

The involved deputies have been placed on leave pending an investigation of the deadly-force incident -- standard procedure in the wake of an officer-involved shooting.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SOUGHT

Anyone with information on Mark Gago or the events that led up to this horrific crime is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 19-001568.

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