Authorities ramp up search for Detective Sean Suiter's killer

Lucy Hill
November 19, 2017

A 43-year-old Baltimore Police homicide detective has died after being shot in the head in west Baltimore Wednesday night, officials announced Thursday.

Police say Suiter, a Navy veteran who had been on the Baltimore force for 18 years, was shot in the head after he approached a man who was acting suspiciously in west Baltimore's Harlem Park neighborhood.

Davis said a manhunt was underway for a "heartless, ruthless, soulless killer" who shot the detective who was "just doing his job", working in a troubled area of the city grappling with high crime rates.

He was rushed to Shock Trauma, where he died around noon Thursday surrounded by his wife and children.

Baltimore Police announced that Detective Sean Suiter died after he was shot while on-duty
Baltimore Police announced that Detective Sean Suiter died after he was shot while on-duty

A detailed description of the suspect-beyond being a black male who was wearing a black jacket with a white stripe-isn't available, and police don't yet know in which direction the shooter fled. "With this community, we're going to identify him, we're going to arrest him, and we're going to ensure justice is done".

She said Baltimore can and will "do better", if all city residents pitch in. Gov. Larry Hogan committed the state would pay a $100,000 reward. He also may have been wounded, Davis said. But Davis said tips are steadily coming in and detectives are following leads. "Police officers know that at any given time they could confront someone who wants to do them harm, and that's exactly what happened tonight", Davis said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Baltimore field division, the FBI's Baltimore field office and the DEA's Baltimore district office are offering a reward of up to $60,000 for information leading to the arrest of the gunman. We grieve for his loss, and for the pain and suffering that will be endured by his family and friends. "We will take it from here".

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