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Corporal Edward M. Toatley | Maryland State Police, Maryland Maryland State Police, Maryland


Edward M. Toatley

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch: Monday, October 30, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: District of Columbia

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life without parole

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Corporal Edward Toatley was shot and killed while conducting an undercover narcotics investigation in Washington, DC. He had been deputized as a federal agent as part of a regional narcotics task force conducted in Maryland and Washington, DC.

As Corporal Toatley attempted to purchase narcotics from the suspect, he was shot in the head at close range while sitting in a car in the 2000 block of Douglas Street, NE. After the shooting, the suspect fled on foot. Corporal Toatley was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later.

The suspect was later arrested in New York and extradited to Washington, DC, where he entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

Corporal Toatley was president of the Coalition of Black Maryland State Troopers and had served with the Maryland State Police for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, ages 5 and 18 years, and an 18-month-old daughter. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal.

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Almost 17 years later and I still cherish your friendship. Having met you while treasurer of the state law enforcement officers pension system I admired your tenacity. Doing road trips to drum up support for our organization, I always respected your enthusiasm. You are sorely missed Ed.

Corporal John Wilkins (retired)
Maryland Port Police
April 12, 2017


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