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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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I know it has been a long time now. My wife was going through some pictures recently that she wanted to put up on the wall and the first one she asked me about was the one of you presenting the leadership award to me at my academy academy in 1999. I had a chance to speak to you that day and never forgot how comforting it was to talk to you realizing what I was about to embark on. I am about to enter my 18th year with MSP and you are thought about quite often and the sacrifice you made for this state. As many people on here say, you will truly never be forgotten. Thank you!

Corporal Antonio Malaspina
Maryland State Police
November 14, 2016


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