BALTIMORE — Baltimore City's Board of Estimates has approved a $900,000 worker's compensation settlement with the family of former police detective Sean Suiter.
The city law department has been in ongoing litigation regarding the claim filed on behalf of the widow and child of Suiter, who in 2017 died of a gunshot wound to the head from his departmental gun, while on-duty.
"As the investigations have unspooled, the questions regarding the manner of death have not been made clear. Indeed, findings of homicide and suggestions of suicide have made the question murkier, not clearer," the law department said in a statement. "But, what has remained constant in the time since Detective Suiter’s death is that he left many to survive him, including his spouse and their minor child."
The city also claims the settlement in no way, "directs the outcome nor augurs a result in the ongoing investigations into the manner of Detective Suiter’s death."
On Wednesday the board also approved more than $250,000 in several lawsuits against former members of the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force, also known as GTTF.
Each of those officers involved in the scandal are currently serving time in federal prison.
Former detective Momodu Gondo is one of them, and while being cross-examined in one GTTF related trial, he implicated Suiter.
The day after Suiter died, he too was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury in a case involving GTTF sergeant Wayne Jenkins.
In August 2018, an Independent Review Board concluded Suiter committed suicide. Maryland State Police seconded that opinion in November 2019, which outraged Suiter's family.
Despite those findings, the city's Medical Examiner has maintained their initial ruling of homicide.