Suspected family killer Mark Gago had decade-long clean criminal record until 2018

Mark Gago's August 2018 booking photo. (Photo Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

Suspected family killer Mark Gago, shot and killed by at least one Clackamas County sheriff's deputy Saturday, hadn't faced charges in court for more than a decade -- until this past year.

Deputies said he killed four people Saturday, including his 9-month-old daughter.

Court records show Gago was arrested for fourth-degree assault in 2005 in an incident on the very same property where this past weekend's killings took place.

Those charges were eventually dropped.

Then in May of 2017, Gago's second wife filed for divorce, seeking $244 a month in child support payments for the couple's 4-year-old son.

Court records show Gago stopped making payments and was found in contempt of court in 2018.

By then Gago had missed two years of child support payments to another ex-wife.

According to a Canby police report obtained by KATU News Monday, an officer pulled Gago over for a traffic stop last May and found the warrant for Gago's Marion County contempt of court case.

According to Canby police, the officer also found Gago had a firearm -- a Ruger handgun that belonged to his mother -- hidden under his car's stick shift cover. The police report says Gago told the officer the handgun was given to him as a gift.

Police confiscated the firearm and were still holding it when this past weekend's murders took place.

Gago made a $100 payment in December in his child support case.

Gago's next court appearance in the Marion County child support case was scheduled for March.

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