Trooper First Class Edward Plank

Trooper First Class Edward Plank

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, October 17, 1995

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Edward Plank

Trooper Edward Plank was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Princess Ann, Maryland, at 1:09 a.m. 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, a 7-month-old daughter, and his parents.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I looked back and the last time I wrote on your wall was October 2006. One month later my career was ended by a violent assault on me. I survived with scars but I'm here writing, was given the opportunity to see my children grow, something you didn't get. My children had me in their life, something yours didn't. It's not right! You were a good, dedicated, professional Trooper. Thank you for being there on those calls as backup when my backup hadn't arrived. Your brother in LE always! Help keep watch over our brothers and sisters now. They need the extra watch!

PFC (retired). Rusty Savage
SPD

June 14, 2020

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