Medical Examiner: Killer used several intoxicants
A rural Clackamas County man who went on a deadly rampage that killed family members had methamphetamine, amphetamine, alcohol and cannabinoids in his system, according to an Oregon Medical Examiner's Office toxicology report released Thursday.
Oregon's acting Chief Medical Examiner Sean Hurst reported the findings, noting Mark Gago's alcohol blood level was below the legal limit for intoxication. But the methamphetamine level is a different story.
"The methamphetamine (level) would be considered intoxicating, but the ethanol would not be," Hurst said.
Gago was shot and killed by Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies who responded to emergency call from the home the night of the bloody Jan. 19 slayings.
Gago killed his mother, stepfather, girlfriend and their 9-month-old daughter during the episode. Responding deputies discovered the four victims and shot Gago as he was reportedly attempting to kill another child.
The four deputies who used firearms at the scene to stop Gago were determined to be justified by a Clackamas County Grand Jury.