Baltimore LEO's death ruled suicide by investigators

The investigation was prompted after Sean Suiter's family claimed the city was trying to cover up his death


Jessica Anderson
The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — A Maryland State Police investigation into the death of Baltimore homicide Detective Sean Suiter found the officer’s death was a suicide, the city’s police commissioner said.

“I have received the Maryland State Police report regarding their review of the investigation into Det. Sean Suiter’s death," Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a statement. “There is nothing in the report to suggest that Det. Suiter’s death was anything other than a suicide, nor was there any suggestion that the case should be re-investigated or continued.”

After a state investigation, Baltimore City Detective Sean Suiter's death has been ruled a suicide. (Photo/Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS)
After a state investigation, Baltimore City Detective Sean Suiter's death has been ruled a suicide. (Photo/Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Harrison commissioned the state police review after Suiter’s family pressed for a follow-up, insisting the case had stalled and was being covered up. The police department has now closed its investigation into Suiter’s death, Harrison said.

Suiter was shot in the head and killed in November 2017, after he darted into a vacant lot in West Baltimore while investigating a homicide.

The Harlem Park neighborhood was cordoned off by police and a six-figure reward was quickly offered, but the investigation stalled. It was later revealed that Suiter was shot one day before he was to appear before a federal grand jury investigating the Gun Trace Task Force corruption scandal.

An independent panel of outside experts created by then-Commissioner Darryl De Sousa also found that Suiter most likely committed suicide. The panel said it believed he was concerned his own alleged misconduct could be exposed.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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