A Baltimore Police Department homicide detective was murdered with his own service weapon just one day before he was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury in a case against a squad of indicted officers, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening.
The eight officers facing prosecution are members of the department’s Gun Trace Task Force and are accused of shaking down citizens and conspiring with drug dealers.
Davis, however, said on Wednesday that he has no reason to believe that the murder of Detective Sean Suiter was connected to his upcoming testimony, saying the shooting occurred as Suiter investigated a suspicious person in the city’s Harlem Park neighborhood.
“The BPD and FBI do not possess any information that this incident … is part of any conspiracy,” Davis said.
“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,” he said.
Davis further said that it appeared Suiter had been killed with his own sidearm, fired at close range and after a struggle.
Police have not identified a suspect or made arrests in Suiter’s Nov. 15 shooting.
The 43-year-old detective was a married father of five.