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Officer Herman Lester Toulson, Jr. | Maryland Division of Correction, Maryland Maryland Division of Correction, Maryland


Herman Lester Toulson, Jr.

Maryland Division of Correction, Maryland

End of Watch: Saturday, October 6, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: Sentenced to 66 years

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Officer Herman Toulson was stabbed to death at the Maryland State Penitentiary as he and another guard attempted to return several inmates to their cells.

The guards were attacked with homemade knives and Officer Toulson received fatal stab wounds. A second officer was also wounded in the attack. The suspect, a 25 year-old convicted murderer, was convicted and sentenced to serve 66 years for the stabbing.

Officer Toulson was a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

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I am a retired lieutenant from the Maryland Division of Corrections. I worked that day Tulson was killed and I knew him very well. We worked the same South Wing together and I blame the admin for his death. We warned them for weeks that something was being planned by the inmates. However they never heard our findings. He was a good man and great officer.
God bless him and all the officers from the Maryland Pen.

retired lieutenant
former officer
July 12, 2012


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