Detective Sean Suiter was scheduled to testify in the case of a squad of indicted officers accused of harassing citizens and drug dealing conspiracies, but was killed with his own gun after a struggle with a criminal a day before his appearance in court. According to The Baltimore Sun, the death of Suiter has complicated the case.
The eight officers indicted were involved in a task force that (supposedly) aimed to get illegal guns off the streets. Four officers have pleaded guilty to a plethora of charges including racketeering, four have pleaded not guilty. It is unclear whether Suiter planned to testify in favor of or against the officers. Suiter had previously worked with many of the officers involved in the widespread insvestigation.
Federal authorities maintain that Suiter's death is unrelated to the testimony he was set to deliver and that he is in no way implicated in the conspiracies of the other policemen: “The BPD and FBI do not possess any information that this incident ... is part of any conspiracy,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who claims that Suiter's killing occurred while he was investigating a suspicious person in the Harlem Park neighborhood.
“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 continued.
No suspect has yet been identified or arrested in the case of Suiter's shooting.
“Upon the sound of gunfire, Detective Suiter’s partner sought cover across the street,” Davis said in a public statement. “He immediately called 911. We know this, because it is captured on private surveillance video that we have recovered.”