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On second anniversary of his death, Sean Suiter's family celebrates his life, presses for answers

Interview at BPD describes Suiter murder
Posted at 12:07 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2021-06-08 11:26:35-04

BALTIMORE — Exactly two years after the death of Baltimore Police Homicide Detective Sean Suiter, his family is still pressing for answers.

On the anniversary of his death, his widow Nicole Suiter and the couple’s family and friends will have a vigil and celebration of Sean’s life in front of City Hall in downtown Baltimore Friday afternoon.

Suiter was shot to death with his own service weapon in an alley off the 900 block of Bennett Place in Harlem Park back in 2017.

Originally, the medical examiner ruled Suiter’s death a homicide, but after a 2018 independent review board’s finding of suicide, the case remains unsolved.

The Suiter case was thrown back into the spotlight last week when Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison received a review he ordered from the Maryland State Police and issued a statement closing the case as a suicide.
Immediately, the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office refuted that claim and considered Sean’s death an “open and pending matter” citing an ongoing investigation of several pieces of evidence.

This week, Harrison reversed his conclusion and in an interview with WMAR 2-News Investigative Reporter Brian Kuebler said, “As a practical matter the state police gave us a finding of their review of our investigation and so I could have used a better choice of words. I called it closed but the reality is we all know that the medical examiner has to give the final say-so on cause of death and that disposition and so there are still a few matters that are still being worked on and a few matters and tasks that have to be completed that we are working on.

WMAR 2-News has learned those tasks include additional DNA testing and the retrieval of digital information.

When asked about these remaining investigative tasks, Harrison said, “These could be significant and so we will take this wherever it leads because it is our goal to seek the truth and only the truth.”

An attorney for the Suiter family called these past two weeks a rollercoaster ride for Nicole and her children but they are happy to see that finally, everyone is on the same page.

The celebration of Sean Suiter’s life is scheduled for 3 o’clock.