WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter was fatally shot in the head at a close range during last week’s investigation.
- The 43-year-old police officer was killed with his own gun after a struggle with his killer, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday.
- Suiter was murdered a day before he was to testify against eight fellow police officers who were involved in a corruption case.
Detective Sean Suiter was in west Baltimore on November 15 investigating a killing when he noticed a man acting suspiciously. He was shot by the man and died the next day at a hospital, the police said. Suiter served in the police force for 18 years.
Davis apparently tried to fend off speculation that there’s a connection between the detective’s death and his testimony. Davis pointed out that Suiter and his partner made a “spontaneous decision” to investigate the suspicious man.
“It certainly makes for great theater. We have a police officer who’s shot and killed and we don’t have a really good description, and we don’t have someone in custody — and lo and behold … I found out after the fact that he was scheduled to testify in front of a federal grand jury,” Davis said.
“I understand the speculation that exists. … It’s our responsibility really to follow the evidence and there’s no evidence whatsoever.”
Eight members of the department’s Gun Trace Task Force were indicted in March for robbing people, filing false affidavits and claiming fraudulent overtime.
“There is no information that has been communicated to me that Detective Suiter was anything other than a stellar detective, great friend, loving husband and dedicated father,” Davis added.
According to the Baltimore police, the officers initially saw the killer acting suspiciously around 20 minutes before Suiter’s killing. The detective struggled with his killer and was able to make a brief call using his police radio at the time of the killing. Davis said Suiter’s clothing indicated that he struggled before being shot.
“It’s unintelligible right now,” Davis said, pertaining to the radio call. “We don’t know exactly what he said but he was clearly in distress.”
According to the commissioner, there was an apparent sound of gunfire in the background of the radio call. Suiter’s partner took cover across the street and dialed 911 when he heard a gunshot.
Suiter’s DNA was found on the gun fired and was recovered from the scene. The killer is still at large and may be wounded.
A $215,000 reward was raised for information leading to the arrest of Suiter’s killer.
The father of five will be laid to rest on November 29.