Police Fatally Shoot Mass Killer As He Tries To Murder 8-Year-Old Girl

Holly Matkin

Mark Leo Gregory Gago murdered his parents, girlfriend, and nine-month-old daughter on Saturday night.

Correction: Initial news reports said that the 8-year-old was the suspect's daughter. The suspect was actually the boyfriend of the girl's mother.

Canby, OR – Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies saved the lives of a woman and an 8-year-old girl by fatally shooting a man who had already slaughtered four other people – including a nine-month-old infant – inside his home on Saturday night.

“[I] cannot explain just how horrific it is inside [the home],” Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Sergeant Brian Jensen told KOIN on Sunday. “It’s horrific.”

“They were not shot," Sgt. Jensen explained, according to The Oregonian. "We’re not sure what was used at this time. I’ve been told that there were numerous weapons, swords, things of that nature in the residence. The investigators are trying to determine what exactly was used to kill each person.”

The Clackamas County 911 center received a “violent and pretty hectic” 911 call from the South Barlow Road home at approximately 10:15 p.m.

“Deputies knew it was going to be a bad scene” based on that call, Sgt. Jensen said.

When they arrived at the rural residence, the deputies located the lifeless body of a woman outside.

Screams drew them into the home, where they interrupted 42-year-old Mark Leo Gregory Gago as was trying to murder his girlfriend's eight-year-old daughter.

“They then used lethal force, thus saving the child’s life,” Sgt. Jensen said.

The child and one other survivor, 40-year-old Tracy Burbank, were rushed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies found three additional bodies at the scene.

The victims have been identified as 66-year-old Jerry Bremer, 64-year-old Pamela Bremer, 31-year-old Shaina Sweitzer, and nine-month-old Olivia Gago.

Alice Burch, who lives nearby, said that the victims were all members of Gago’s family – his parents, his girlfriend, and his daughter, KOIN reported.

According to Burch, Burbank told her that one of the weapons Gago used during the attack was “an ax with a hammer head on it.”

Burbank said that Gago came at her with the ax while she was in bed, but that he missed and struck the bed instead, another neighbor told KOIN.

She let out a scream, and when no one responded, she assumed everyone else inside the home was already dead, the neighbor said.

The bloodied woman managed to escape from her attacker, and ran to a neighbor’s home for help.

“She had some visible injuries on her arms,” the neighbor said.

The fact that she was in a bunk bed during the attack likely saved her life, because Gago wasn’t able to get a “good swing” to fatally strike her, the neighbor added.

“He started to bite her and I think at that point, she wrestled and got the ax away from him,” the neighbor explained.

According to Marion County court records, Gago had been wanted for failing to pay child support. He was due to appear in court for contempt on March 25.

In August of 2018, he was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon, KOIN reported.

Sgt. Jensen said that the grisly scene inside the home shocked even the most seasoned deputies.

“It’s a once-in-a-career type of scene,” he said.

“My heart goes out to the family and to the law enforcement officers and first responders who have to deal with such a horrific scene in the course of their investigation,” Oregon State Representative Rick Lewis, a former law enforcement officer, said in a press release.

“I understand what they are going through and we owe them a great deal of gratitude for their rapid response and their quick action to save lives,” Lewis continued. “My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Oregon House Republican Leader Carl Wilson praised the deputies for their “quick and heroic” response, and said that their actions undoubtedly saved lives, including that of a little girl.

Comments (11)

He's dead. It couldn't be a more just ending. I will never understand how people do such horrible things.........

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Dear Lord in heaven. This is a horrific situation. Events like this represent the very worst and the best of humanity. The worst is the killer and the best are the officers who rushed headfirst into danger to save innocent lives. I pray for the officers and the victims.


May God have mercy on that poor woman and child and help them heal from this horrifying nightmare. And may He also have mercy on the officers and first responders who had to respond to this little glimpse of hell on earth. We can be thankful that the murderer can never do such things again. There is evil in this world and every once in a while, it shows up like this.


‘But, but. Why did they have to shoot him? Don’t they carry tasers? These cops need to be fired and prosecuted and all the rest need to be taught de escalation techniques...’ -libtards


This event is tragic on an unknown number of people. Of course the families of the victims always suffer and I am so sorry for their losses.

The often over-looked victims are those who ran into the mayhem. This Office has seen untold tragedies over the past years, both internally and externally. Sheriff Roberts is a good-hearted man and will do the right thing for his Deputies. My trust is that each of them take advantage of the support and counseling that they need. The Office has an excellent peer support team made up of, unfortunately, a large number of fellow Deputies who have experienced use of deadly force incidents.

May each of the first responders find peace, battle the demons that will follow, utilize the services provided and discover solace in knowing that lives were saved by your unselfish actions.

Best Regards


POS! Glad to hear that little girl was not fatally injured. Great Article Holly.


You liberals think the police shouldnt have shot him. Admit it


Imagine if Dirtnap was black?


What a nasty, sick piece of garbage. I'm not sad he died.


This is a nightmare and as abuse happens We all know when you leave this is exactly why judges need to see this also To prevent the next family please everystate needs firmer laws an also for molestation I am praying they get the help an care also the love and stress free environment right now Way to go on timing Thank You God for saving one child :(