Thanks to an astute reader that sent this in.
15 YEARS AGO TODAY TFC. EDWARD A. PLANK WAS MURDERED AFTER MAKING A TRAFFIC STOP IN SOMERSET COUNTY.
'WE WILL NEVER FORGET'
Trooper First Class Edward Plank
Maryland State Police
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 17, 1995
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available
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.
VIA: The Officer Down Memorial Page