A 42-year-old man allegedly killed four family members Saturday night in a rural Oregon home before deputies arrived and killed him.
Mark Leo Gregory Gago killed four people including a 9-month-old child using a sword and other similar weapons, according to Sgt. Brian Jensen with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say Gago was attempting to kill a young girl when deputies arrived on scene and shot him.
The girl and another survivor were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies have not identified them.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the victims as: Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, 9 months old; Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31; Jerry William Bremer, 66; and Pamela Denise Bremer, 64, all of Woodburn.
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Authorities arrived at the scene around 10:15 p.m. after receiving multiple calls about a possible homicide.
One of the female victims was found dead outside the residence, Jensen said. The rest were in the home.
Jensen said a gun was not used in the murders. Investigators are trying to identify which weapons were used to kill each family member.
“I’ve talked with these seasoned investigators who said the scene was absolutely horrific,” Jensen said. “One of the most gruesome scenes they’ve seen in their 20-year careers.”
Deputies declined to further explain the family members’ relationship and what led to the homicide.
All the victims and the suspect lived in the home about 8 miles northeast of Woodburn, Oregon, Jensen said. Officers are not sure how many people lived in the home, Jensen said.
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None of the deputies were injured, but five were placed on leave following the incident, as is protocol in an officer-involved shooting, according to Jensen.
Between 2001 and 2006, Gago had been charged in Multnomah County with two assault, speed racing on a highway, and driving uninsured, according to court documents.
He was charged with contempt of court in 2017 in Marion County.
Gago’s Facebook profile said he works as an in-home caregiver.
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