A police detective, who was set to testify in a case involving other officers, in Baltimore was killed with his own gun after a struggle with the killer.
Sean Suiter, 43, was killed on the day he had to testify before a federal grand jury. The Baltimore officers were indicted in a corruption case and Suiter was planning to testify in the case.
The incident took place when Suiter was investigating a killing in west Baltimore. While he was working, he sensed a suspicious man. According to reports, at that point a violent struggle took place between the two, and Suiter was fatally wounded.
The detective was shot in the head. He succumb to injuries and died in a hospital the next day.
Commissioner Kevin Davis said a two- to three-minute recording of the detective’s radio transmission and his clothing proved that there was a struggle and Suiter can be heard in distress in it as well.
"It's unintelligible right now,” Davis said of the radio call. "We don't know exactly what he said but he was clearly in distress.”
However, Davis ruled out the idea that his killing had to something with the testimony.
“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. I understand the speculation that exists. ... It's our responsibility really to follow the evidence and there's no evidence whatsoever," he said.
Davis further said, “There is no information that has been communicated to me that Det. Suiter was anything other than a stellar detective, great friend, loving husband and dedicated father.”
The indicted Baltimore officers were accused in a corruption case in March. All of them were members of the department's Gun Trace Task Force. They were accused of faking police reports lying to investigators and defrauding their department.
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