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Arrest Made After Dangerous Confrontation With Police In Happy Camp

Regional Breaking

Dangerous Confrontation Results In Arrest In Happy Camp 

​On Thursday, March 7, 2019, at about 4:16 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Deputy Gabe Garrison and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer responded to the 1400 block of Curly Jack Road in Happy Camp in response to a dispatch call reporting a man with a gun. The suspect allegedly walked onto a local resident’s property, confronted him, and the citizen reported he could see a gun in the man’s pocket. The man, later identified as Mr. Brett Christopher Rhodes, 32, of Happy Camp, was contacted moments later by the CHP officer and Deputy Garrison in the 1900 block of Curly Jack Road. The suspect was identified and it was determined he had an active felony drug-related arrest warrant. As Deputy Garrison approached the suspect he walked behind a camp trailer and later emerged in the open with his hands in the pockets of a jacket. He was ordered to show his hands and he refused, became increasingly belligerent, and he appeared to be purposely reaching into his pocket attempting to retrieve an unidentified object while held at gunpoint by both peace officers. Mr. Rhodes then ran from the scene towards local residents in the area while pursued by Deputy Garrison and the CHP officer.

​He ran onto a driveway and into the yard and then porch of a residence in the 1500 block of Curly Jack Road and was again confronted by both peace officers. He attempted to enter a residence but the door was locked by the occupants as Deputy Garrison positioned himself in an effort to prevent him from presenting a threat to the home owners. Mr. Rhodes refused to comply with orders of the deputy and a Taser device was used to gain his compliance and to take him into custody; however, the Taser deployment had no impact on the suspect. A second Taser deployment also had no effect on Mr. Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes cursed and taunted the deputy and officer and refused to take off his jacket or reveal what was in the one pocket, which Deputy Garrison observed to look like an object forming the shape of a possible handgun. Mr. Rhodes removed a glass pipe from his pocket and advised the deputy and officer it was his “crack pipe.” Deputy Garrison advised SCSO Dispatch to ask the residents in the home to take cover and to stay on the floor in the rear area of their home in the event gunfire ensued, since Mr. Rhodes was suspected to be armed with a handgun.

​Mr. Rhodes fled the property and an effort to subdue him was unsuccessful and the CHP officer’s deployment of his Taser device proved ineffective as well. Mr. Rhodes fled towards nearby Happy Camp and later took off his jacket and threw it onto a vehicle belonging to Happy Camp Volunteer Fire Department Chief Erick Haskell. The man took a fighting stance and resisted arrest again when confronted but Deputy Garrison and the CHP officer were able to tackle Rhoads and take him into custody after less than lethal means to stop further resistance proved successful. A realistic-looking BB “facsimile” handgun was found in one of this jacket pockets. He was later transported to Fairchild Medical Center, examined, treated, and released for booking at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka.

​Mr. Rhoads was booked for felony arrest warrants and for other law violations, including resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer in the line of duty, possession of drug paraphernalia, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

​According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a high risk call for Deputy Garrison the CHP officer. The facsimile BB gun looked like a real handgun and the suspects aggressive, belligerent, and resistant actions endangered the safety of the involved peace officers and nearby residents. These courageous peace officers avoided using deadly force in a situation that was tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving – Both used non-lethal and lesser means of force to subdue Mr. Rhodes, which is very commendable under the difficult circumstances they encountered. The dispatch report received by SCSO and CHP revealed the suspect was armed with what the reporting party thought was a real handgun. Mr. Rhodes’ refusal to surrender the facsimile firearm, coupled with his other unlawful actions, could have led to a very tragic outcome. The responsible and measured response from Deputy Garrison and the CHP officer prevented that tragedy from happening and protected citizens threatened by Mr. Rhode’s unlawful and violent behavior. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”



Clackamas County Sheriff Deputies Save Child At Multiple Homicide Scene In Woodburn


At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 19, 2019, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a multiple-homicide/domestic-violence call on the 32000 block of S. Barlow Road, in unincorporated Woodburn.

Deputies arrived at the scene. They encountered the suspect — Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, of Woodburn — as he was attempting to kill a young girl.

Deputies used deadly force on Gago, saving the girl’s life.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

Four others were found deceased at the scene. The homicide victims ranged in age from 9 months to 66 years old.

At this writing there are two survivors — including the girl saved by quick deputy action.

The suspect and four homicide victims all resided at the S. Barlow Road address. The victims are identified as:

  • Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, 9 months old, of Woodburn
  • Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31 years old, of Woodburn
  • Jerry William Bremer, 66 years old, of Woodburn
  • Pamela Denise Bremer, 64 years old, ofWoodburn

The Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer (PIO) held a press briefing at 7 a.m. on Jan. 20 at the intersection of Hwy. 211/S. Barlow Rd. No additional briefings are scheduled at this writing.

South Barlow Road was closed between Hwy. 211 and S. Schneider Rd. as detectives and CSI personnel processed the scene. The road was re-opened at approximately 11 a.m. Please drive carefully as Investigators are still processing the crime scene.

An August 2018 booking photo of suspect Mark Leo Gregory Gago is linked above, along with additional photos from the scene.

The involved deputies have been placed on leave pending an investigation of the deadly-force incident — standard procedure in the wake of an officer-involved shooting.


Anyone with information on Mark Gago or the events that led up to this horrific crime is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp — please reference CCSO Case # 19-001568.


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Mark Leo Gregory Gago (Deceased Suspect. Booking photo is from prior arrest)

Three Fishermen Die When Boat Capsizes Near Newport


On January 8, 2019 a little before 10:00 PM, the US Coast Guard was notified of a boat needing assistance crossing the Yaquina Bay bar due to high seas. US Coast Guard left the Yaquina Bay station and at 10:13 PM Oregon State Police was advised the Fishing Vessel Mary B II had capsized with three people on board.

The search immediately began and the US Coast Guard, with their helicopter, found James Lacey (age 48 from South Toms River, NJ) in the Pacific Ocean and transported him to Pacific Communities Hospital, in Newport, where he was pronounced deceased. At 12:28 AM, Newport Fire Department found Joshua Porter (age 50 from Toledo, Oregon) on the beach, near Nye Beach, where he was pronounced deceased. The Mary B II ultimately ran aground, on the beach, near the north side of the Yaquina Bay North Jetty. The boat Skipper, Stephen Biernacki (age 50 from Barnegat Township, NJ) was found with the boat and pronounced deceased at the scene.