Deputies cleared in fatal shooting of suspected family killer Mark Gago
Crime scene tape cordons off the home where Clackamas County deputies say a man killed four people, including his 9-month-old daughter. (KATU Photo)

CANBY, Ore – A Grand Jury found the deputies justified in shooting and killing a man accused of murdering his family members at a Clackamas County home last month.

According to authorities, deputies were called out to a home on South Barlow Road on the night of January 19, 2019 on reports of a domestic violence/multiple homicide incident.

Deputies say they arrived to find 42-year-old Mark Gago trying to kill a young girl, so they opened fire.

Investigators say they found four other people deceased inside the home - Jerry and Pam Bremer (Gago’s stepfather and mother), his girlfriend 31-year-old Shaina Sweitzer, and their 9-month-old daughter, Olivia Gago.

Officials identified the four deputies who used their weapons in Gago’s shooting as Deputy Hayden Sanders, Deputy Tanner Davis, Deputy Ryan Castro, and Deputy Nate Ariel.

All four were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation by the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team, which includes investigators from Canby Police, Oregon State Police and the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.

They have all worked for the department for five years, and they will be returning to duty.

“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,” the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

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