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 on Route 13, near Perry Road in Westover, at 1:09 a.m.

Unbeknownst to Trooper Plank, the driver and passenger of the car were returning to the state after purchasing narcotics. Trooper Plank called for backup when he became suspicious of the driver. After conferring with another officer he approached the vehicle a second time, at which point he was shot in the face and killed instantly. The two subjects fled but were caught later in the day. One of the men was caught after breaking into a house. The owner of the house clubbed the man with an empty rifle after being shot at and then held the man until police arrived.

Four hundred grams of cocaine were found in the car that Trooper Plank had stopped.

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

Trooper Plank had served with the Maryland State Police for seven 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

interdiction, narcotics, traffic stop

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TFC Plank, we never met, but I was close to you on that night. I was only a few miles down the road, at B&B on my honeymoon, but something wasn't right. I could feel it. I was restless and afraid all night long. I blocked the door to our room. In the morning, that fear had passed but something was off. As I drove back up 13, I learned of this tragedy. On this anniversary, my wife and I returned to the area. I felt your presence again. I am so sorry you were taken away from your loved ones. You will be remembered as we will Never Forget The Brotherhood (NFTB)

RJ Davis, Second Lieutenant (Ret.)
Fairfax County (VA) Police Department

October 18, 2021

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