BALTIMORE — A Baltimore homicide detective who was gunned down last week, died just before he was set to give grand jury testimony in a corruption case against eight other officers, authorities said.
Sean Suiter was shot once in the head with his own gun on Nov. 15 after stopping a man acting suspiciously while he and his partner were conducting a follow-up investigation of an earlier triple homicide, police said. The shooter has not yet been identified.
Baltimore Police Chief Kevin Davis said there was no evidence to suggest that the killing was anything but random and that nothing had surfaced to connect Suiter’s death to the corruption case.
“The [Baltimore Police] and FBI do not possess any information that this incident is part of any conspiracy,” he said.
Davis also said that Suiter was no under investigation in the corruption probe and there was no evidence that he “was anything other than a stellar detective, great friend, loving husband and dedicated father.”
Eight officers of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force, which aims to get illegal guns off the streets, were indicted earlier this year on federal racketeering charges, alleging that they shook down ordinary citizens and conspired with drug dealers. Four have pleaded guilty and the others are scheduled to go on trial in January.
Davis said Suiter was scheduled to testify in the case related to an incident that occurred several years earlier, but would not elaborate.