Trooper Bret Robert Clodfelter

Trooper Bret Robert Clodfelter

Oregon State Police, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, September 30, 1992

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Bret Robert Clodfelter

Trooper Bret Clodfelter was shot and killed while he was transporting a suspected drunk driver to jail. Trooper Clodfelter had conducted a traffic stop of a suspected drunk driver. He had handcuffed the driver and placed him in the back seat of his patrol car. Trooper Clodfelter offered to drive two passengers of the vehicle to their residence located nearby.

Dispatchers were unable to raise Trooper Clodfelter on the radio after he advised them of the arrest and transport. Back up officers were sent to check on him. His patrol car was located four blocks away from the original traffic stop. All three suspects were missing and Trooper Clodfelter was found in the driver’s seat. He had been shot four times in the head. A massive manhunt ensued to capture the three suspects.

On October 2, tips led the police to the shooter who was found hiding in a barn near the crime scene. The suspect had a history of assault and drug arrests. The suspect was convicted of murder and given life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Clodfelter had served with the Oregon State Police for 8 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. Trooper Clodfelter’s wife, who was a sheriff's deputy, took her own life one year after his murder.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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I was a reserve serving with the city of Talent. It made me sick to hear we lost a Trooper in Klamath Falls. I and several other officers from the valley attended his funeral. I met Brett’s dad several years later when I went into law enforcement full time. His dad was an awesome guy. Volunteering in wet labs to help officer learn how to spot impaired drivers. The community lost a great Trooper but, also lost his wife a year later. Very sad.

Melvin Ray
Detective (ret)
Klamath County Sheriffs Office

Detective (ret)
Klamath County Sheriffs Office

October 1, 2019

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