FBI says they won't take lead on Detective Suiter's death investigation

Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter to be laid to rest
Posted at 1:14 PM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2021-06-08 12:36:59-04

The FBI says it won’t take the lead in the investigation into the shooting death of Baltimore police Detective Sean Suiter, but the bureau is still offering to help.

Commissioner Kevin Davis says he’s not disappointed at the FBI’s decision, rather he’s seeing more clearly.

“What I know is that the FBI, if they thought that there was an association between Det. Suiter’s murder and an ongoing corruption case, I have no doubt in my mind, whatsoever, that they would’ve taken this case,” Davis said.

A suspicion Commissioner Davis says made him ‘uncomfortable’ when the month began after learning Detective Suiter was supposed to testify a day after his death in federal court.

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After receiving a letter where FBI Assistant Director Stephen Richardson points out ‘no information has been developed to indicate Detective Suiter’s death was directly connected to an FBI investigation,’ Commissioner Davis is moving forward.

“I don’t know that we’re starting from scratch. But we have to go back and literally put all the evidence on the table to examine it. What are we, potentially, missing? What have we hurried through? What do we need to look at again? Who do we need to re-interview?” Commissioner Davis said.

Because the department still doesn’t know so much about what happened that day in Harlem Park.

But the FBI is offering its resources to help.

“I’m waiting for that 3 a.m. phone call in the middle of the night that says, ‘Guess what? We’ve just got a break in this thing.’ I’m optimistic that’ll eventually happen,” Davis said.

….and put an end to several theories about how and why Detective Suiter lost his life.

“Those are theories that they’re very aware of as well, I think this letter identifies one of those theories and thoughtfully takes it off the table,” Davis said.

Without going into detail, Commissioner Davis said he isn’t opposed to bring on outside specialists to give this investigation a fresh look.

There is still a $215,000 reward for anyone that can help solve what happened to Det. Suiter.