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Trooper First Class Edward M. Toatley | Maryland State Police, Maryland Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper First Class

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

Incident Date: 10/30/2000

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life without parole

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Trooper 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 Trooper Toatley attempted to purchase narcotics from the suspect, he was shot in the head at close range while sitting in a car. After the shooting, the suspect fled on foot. Trooper 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.

Trooper Toatley was president of the Coalition of Black Maryland State Troopers, and had been 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.

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Yo Bro,
I just realized that its been 14 years, man
Wish I could hollar at you, so much to
Say. Your always in my thoughts! I keep the
Key chain from your commish with me just to
Remind me of your sacrifice. May God bless
Your fam. Your friend always Paul "Shaggy" Dschuhan

Ex-troop Penn.
November 13, 2014


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