BPD re-expand the crime scene where Detective Suiter was shot

BPD to clear scene of Det. Suiter's shooting
BPD to clear scene of Det. Suiter's shooting
Posted at 5:50 AM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2021-06-08 12:45:03-04

On Monday Baltimore police planned to clear the scene where a Baltimore police detective was shot and killed but ended up re-expanding it. 

The crime scene in West Baltimore's Harlem Park neighborhood has been locked down since Wednesday when 43-year-old Detective Sean Suiter was shot in the head while working a case. He died a day later.

RELATED: Search continues for gunman who killed Detective; Reward increased to $215,000

Police say they expanded the scene after they got new evidence from Suiter's autopsy on Sunday. Commissioner Kevin Davis says he understands holding a crime scene impacts the community, but the evidence they recovered has made them investigate Suiter's murder in a different way. 

Commissioner Davis could not release any details as to what was found during the autopsy or what they are specifically looking for at the crime scene, but they think it can find whoever murdered Suiter. He did say they might be holding it another day, but they are not 100 percent sure. 

Since the shooting, there have been no arrests and no pictures released of a suspect.

Some have complained that the investigation is asking too much and the ACLU of Maryland has gotten involved. They say they're concerned about reports of pat-down searches for residents coming and going from the scene.

In a statement the organization says:

"While the search for a killer is, of course, a high priority for the police, the limits on lawful police behavior do not disappear even when engaged in that pursuit." 

Police said they have already begun clearing the area and they are hopeful that willingness to help will translate into tips leading to the shooter.

"We're always one tip away. One moment away from breaking this case, so I encourage our tipsters to keep calling," said Commissioner Kevin Davis. 

The reward for the shooter continues to grow and there is now a $215,000 reward for information leading to the shooter.