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UPDATE: Officer Involved in Shooting and Suspect Identified

The off-duty Galveston Police Officer involved in a shooting Thursday evening, March 9th at approximately 6:20pm has been identified as Officer Evan Fraley. The 26-year-old K9 Officer has been with the Galveston Police Department for over three years and is currently assigned to the patrol division.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as 35-year-old Toni Collins. Collins was pronounced dead after being transported to UTMB following the shooting.


Fraley                                        Collins

The investigation begin conducted by the Galveston County Sheriff’s office and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office is still on-going; as such, further details concerning the shooting are unavailable at this time.
 
LT Joshua Schirard
 
 


Comments:
Well will people learn to simply comply
Posted by Topcat at 3/11/2017 1:59:35 PM

Officer Fraley dispite his size is the most gentle, respectful and professional officer I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It would be an impossible task to find anyone who could recall a single negative interaction when dealing with him. He is the type of officer who could write you a ticket or take you to jail and you would be understanding because he was nothing but respectfully during the entire process. I know it's over used but He is the definition of a gentle giant.

I only know what's been in the paper and on television, but I do know Officer Fraley and 100% can tell you that if there were any other options available to him other than the use of force he would have taken them.

I like many watched the media coverage and the interviews given by a few, and a lot of what they stated durning the interviews can either be proven or disproven during the investigation, those who embellished their account of the incident should have their statements taken quickly and upon concluding the investigation should be filed on for making false statements.

Having to take a life is a traumatic experience in and of itself, but to have people embellish or out right lie make it all the more troublesome.

Look, I am not discounting the sorrow and Incredible pain being suffered by the woman's friends, family and loved ones, but choices were made that night and there are consequences for the choices that were made.

When all is said and done, the truth will be revealed and it will show that Officer Fraley acted in accordance with state and federal laws not to mention department policy.

Officer Fraley, I and my family support you and I know many others whom do as well.

Thanks for your selfless dedication to protecting our community.
Posted by Bluecrab3redspots at 3/11/2017 3:41:14 PM

Toni should have stuck to playing with dolls and not firearms. It's a tragedy when lost souls push officers to do something they would rather not do. Glad your safe Raisen and Evan - I hope you guys will be OK in the aftermath of this unfortunate situation.
Posted by sasquatch at 3/13/2017 9:22:23 AM

I am waiting until the investigation has been completed.
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 3/13/2017 2:08:53 PM

When an officer has to use deadly force against a woman who is 5'3 and weighs about 115 lbs with a stick in her hand, there is a problem. I'm sure police are taught how to take down a "suspect" without using deadly force. This officer made a choice that cost this young lady her life and he should be held accountable.
Posted by Bobbie Donaldson at 3/16/2017 4:43:51 PM

It boils down to compliance. The woman did NOT comply with what the officer asked of her. She CHOSE to come after him with a weapon. A "stick" can be used as a deadly weapon as well as a knife or a gun. You were NOT in the Officer's shoes, you were not there. Save your online court until AFTER the investigation is finished and the truth comes out. (....thank you for your words)
Posted by GalvestonProud at 3/17/2017 1:23:12 PM

When we got the call the next day from the Coroners office stating she had been shot, and was deceased, we were in shock. We are heartbroken and devastated. I have read all the things that were said from a couple of witnesses. I want to speak with Officer Fraley. I want to sit with him, and hear his side of the story as well. I will be in Galveston soon, and I hope I get to speak to him. Toni was my step-daughter.
Posted by Leisa Collins at 3/18/2017 11:49:54 PM

Response to: GalvestonProud

Please, save your online court until after the investigation is finished as well. Unless, you were on the scene, then I don't know how you have so much information on what transpired. I have read every article I can find. I have also spoken to one witness. There are other ways to stop a person who is not complying. Using deadly force is not an option unless, it was warranted. Period! I am Toni's step-mother!
Posted by Leisa Collins at 3/19/2017 7:38:05 PM

I've released the following statement to the media with my consent to publish.
What started out as allowing Toni Jo Collins to spend the night at my house for a few days, turned into seven months. During that time, we had many long conversations lasting well into the night. Toni told me her entire life story. She told me of her hopes and dreams. She told me of the demons, and things that haunted her. I got to know Toni Collins extremely intimately.
Toni had a soft, sweet side to her. She would spend hours playing with my dog, and my cat. She would look up at me and say, " we're such a happy herd." Toni loved all animals, and children too. She would throw the ball, and play chase with neighborhood kids. She would always stop and talk to children, and try to make them feel special.
Toni had an interest in art and poetry. She loved to create. She enjoyed going to art walk. She liked mold making and casting figurines out of plaster. She was also interested in woodworking. She dreamed of building her own dollhouse, and even designed the furniture to go inside.
Toni liked to cook, and was always interested in trying new things. She kept a spotless house. The dishes were always washed, the laundry always done, rugs vacuumed, tile floors swept and mopped, and the tub and toilet were always scrubbed.
Toni's eyes would sparkle when she would talk of hope for the future, to have a loving family, clean home, a job, and to maybe have children someday. She dreamed of having a normal life, but she knew that she had to get clean and sober first. She tried very hard, going clean for four and five days at a time, week after week. Her demons were too much. Temptation was everywhere, and she struggled.
Toni's friend had bought her a bb gun for Christmas. It was a daisy red Ryder with a pink stock. She said that she had always wanted one ever since she was a little girl. When I first read of her being shot, and that she had a firearm, I prayed that her bb gun wasn't mistaken for a firearm.
After looking into Toni's shooting myself, I quickly learned that the initial statements given by the Galveston police department, in my opinion, were extremely misleading, and based on eyewitness accounts, some of it was false. To date, I have personally located, and spoken with four different people who claim to be eyewitnesses.
I have also personally seen photographs of the crime scene, taken by a civilian, that show Toni in the alley, with a piece of trash wood, laying next to her left side, that appears to be equivalent in size to a yardstick ruler. The stick appears to be about 1/4" thick, 36" long, and about 2" wide.
Based on witness statements personally given to me, firsthand intimate knowledge of Toni's behavioral patterns, misleading statements given by the police, and photographic evidence, i am convinced that the off duty officer violated Toni's civil rights prior to the shooting. He assaulted her, backed away, and when she stood up to defend herself, he shot her.
I never knew Toni to be physically aggressive. She was however, sometimes verbally aggressive. She was only 5' 4" tall and weighed 115 pounds. I don't believe that the off duty officer shot her in self defense. It's my belief that he shot her out of anger, or rage.
I would also like to add that when interviewing a witness at the crime scene with Toni's stepmother, her 68 year old, wheelchair bound companion was approached by a person claiming to have been with the sheriff's department for 22 years. He told her to caution us " to not be hanging around talking to people because someone might think that we are trying to stir something up." He also repeatedly tried to persuade her to tell him where she, and Mrs Collins were staying.
I affirm that this statement is true to the best of my knowledge and may be used in it's entirety for publication.
Brian Bludworth
Posted by R, Bruce Anderson at 4/6/2017 6:06:04 PM

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