Corporal Edward M. Toatley

Corporal Edward M. Toatley

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, October 30, 2000

Edward M. Toatley

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.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location District of Columbia
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life without parole

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I remember this when it happened. I was a Detective with a multi agency unit, who’s members also included MSP Detectives and a Narcotic Unit. Troopers and Officers who live the double life as Narcotic Officers have my respect. My prayers that his family were able to heal and move past this tragedy, without ever forgetting the job he did for Maryland.

Sgt. G.S. Fowler
Snow Hill Police (Ret.)

October 31, 2018

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