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Trooper First Class Edward Plank | Maryland State Police, Maryland Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper First Class

Edward Plank

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 17, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Edward Plank was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Princess Ann, Maryland, at 0109 hours. Unknown to Trooper Plank at the time, the driver and passenger of the car were returning to the state after a drug re-supply. Trooper Plank called for back-up when he became suspicious of the driver and after conferring with another officer approached the vehicle a second time at which point he was shot in the face and killed instantly. The two suspects fled but were caught later in the day. One of the suspects was caught after breaking into a house. The owner of the house clubbed the suspect with an empty rifle after being shot at and held him until police arrived. Four hundred grams of cocaine were found in the suspect's car.

The shooter pled guilty to first degree murder on May 14, 1996, and was sentenced to death. In July 1998 the suspect's death sentenced was overturned and he now is facing life in prison.

Trooper Plank had served with the agency for 7 years. He was survived by his wife and 7-month-old daughter.

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Eddie worked for me as a Cadet when he first started with the MSP. I had retired when this happened. I had been to so many funerals, I couldn't bring myself to go. Have since wished that I had. Prayers for his wife and family

Sgt. Jonathan M. Willey
Maryland State Police
October 17, 2015


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