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Suiter death investigation to be reviewed by Maryland State Police

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 15:34:56-04

BALTIMORE — Maryland State Police have agreed to aid in the investigation of the death of Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter.

The two agencies began discussing a review of the case in late May. Members of the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit met with BPD Homicide Detectives over the case, the agency said in a statement issued Friday. The State Police investigators were provided electronic copies of reports and documents related to the investigation.

Those investigators will review the materials and reconvene with BPD detectives to discussed any recommendations on actions or strategies the State Police have for attempting to solve the still open case of Suiter’s death.

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Through this process, BPD detectives will remain primary investigators. The MSP personnel are only providing investigative review.

Suiter was killed on Nov. 16, 2017. Police say he was pursuing a homicide investigation when he noticed suspicious behavior and went to investigate alone. The initial assessment was that he was shot while in a physical confrontation with an unknown suspect.

It was later revealed that Suiter had ties to the now disgraced Gun Trace Task Force and was scheduled to testify in court the day prior to his murder. Speculation began near immediately of Suiter’s death potentially being part of a conspiratorial plot to keep him from taking the stand, or a suicide in the midst of such controversy, but sufficent evidence to substantiate either theory was not produced.

An Independent Review Board was convened last summer to review the investigation thus far. The board determined that there was sufficient evidence to support the idea that Suiter committed suicide, an assertion many in the police department, the city, and the Suiter family argued vociferously.

READ MORE: Did Detective Suiter commit suicide?

WMAR-2 News uncovered footage of an interview conducted Dec. 8, 2017 in which a suspect suggests he knew of the person Suiter walked up on who ultimately killed the detective. While police did not specifically refute or comment on that interview, but they said they investigated all leads.

Suiter’s widow continues to fight for her husband’s legacy. The Office of the State Medical Examiner initially ruled Suiter’s death a homicide. That ruling has yet to be changed.