On November 27, 2020, at approximately 3:58 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to a multiple vehicle crash at the intersection of South 6th Street and Crater Lake Parkway. The driver that caused the crash, later identified as, Thomas Dwayne Reif (27) was driving a silver 2013 Dodge Avenger.
Reif was a detective with the Klamath Falls Police Department, was on duty at the time of the crash, and was driving his assigned Detective vehicle.
Just prior to the crash, Klamath County 911 received a call describing Reif as driving recklessly down South 6th Street.
Reif was evaluated at the scene by Klamath County Fire District 1 personnel and found to be unresponsive and not breathing. He was transported to Sky Lake Medical Center where emergency department personnel were able to quickly stabilize him.
The Klamath Falls Police Department immediately requested the Oregon State Police take lead on the investigation. Troopers began a DUII investigation and collected evidence the night of the crash. Evidence was sent to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab as part of the investigation. Members of the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division were brought in to work with the Patrol Division on the investigation.
While evaluating the evidence seized in the investigation, Troopers developed probable cause that Reif had unlawfully obtained and used drug evidence from an unrelated case in the course of his duties.
Once lab results were obtained on the evidence, Troopers sought to arrest Reif for DUII, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Official Misconduct 1st degree, Tampering with Evidence, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Schedule II controlled substance – fentanyl)
Thomas Dwayne Reif was booked into the Klamath County Jail on December 15, 2020.
Statement from the City Police:
On Friday, November 27, 2020 at 3:58pm, Detective Thomas Reif with the Klamath Falls Police Department was on-duty and involved in a vehicle collision at S. 6th Street and Crater Lake Parkway. At the time of the collision, Det. Reif was operating an unmarked detective vehicle. Medics arriving on scene found Det. Reif unresponsive and not breathing. Det. Reif was rushed to the Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment. We are thankful that no other injuries were reported at the collision.
The Klamath Falls Police Department requested Oregon State Police conduct an investigation into the collision. Over the weekend, probable cause was developed to believe Det. Reif was operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. The Klamath Falls Police Department complies with policing best practices and is an accredited law enforcement agency through the Oregon Accreditation Alliance. We greatly value the trust our community places in us as we uphold our duties to protect and serve. We do not take public trust lightly, and hold officers to the highest ethical standards.
On Monday, November 30, 2020, Det. Reif was placed on Administrative Leave and an Internal Affairs Investigation was initiated to investigate allegations of policy violations. By the end of the day on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the Internal Affairs Investigator sustained multiple allegations against Det. Reif and determined he violated several department policies related to Criminal Conduct and Serious Misconduct. The recommendation from the Internal Affairs Investigator was termination of Det. Reif’s employment.
On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Det. Reif was advised of the conclusions of the Internal Affairs Investigation and the pending employment termination. Det. Reif resigned his employment at that time.
On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, Mr. Reif turned himself in to the Klamath County Jail related to probable cause developed by Oregon State Police during the criminal investigation. The criminal investigation by Oregon State Police is ongoing and the Klamath Falls Police Department continues to work closely with Oregon State Police to provide them with additional information and evidence. The Department of Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) has also initiated a professional standards case to determine if Mr. Reif continues to meet the minimum standards for certification as a police officer in Oregon. Klamath Falls Police Department anticipates working closely with DPSST to provide them information needed for their case.
We are deeply embarrassed and disappointed with Mr. Reif’s misconduct. The Klamath Falls Police Department does not condone this type of behavior or misconduct by any law enforcement officer. We will continue to hold each other accountable to the highest ethical standards without exception.