Who is Detective Sean Suiter? Baltimore officer whose death remains unsolved comes up in gun task force trial

Baltimore police Detective Sean Suiter died after being shot while on duty in November — one day before he was set to testify before a federal grand jury in the corruption case involving the department’s Gun Trace Task Force.

Suiter’s killing remains unsolved. And in court on Monday, an officer who has pleaded guilty in the case testified that he used to steal money with Suiter.

Here’s what we know about the slain detective:

» Suiter, 43, was an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department. Colleagues have said Suiter was an honest and beloved cop.

» Suiter was investigating a triple homicide when the shooting occurred in the 900 block of Bennett Place. He was shot in the head at close range with his own gun, which was recovered at the scene.

» His death has been ruled a homicide, but remains unsolved despite a $215,000 reward. The possibility that Suiter’s death was a suicide has been raised.

» Suiter was shot one day before he was to testify before a federal grand jury that was continuing to investigate claims involving the Gun Trace Task Force.

» Former Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Suiter was not a target of the federal investigation.

» Davis asked the FBI to take over the investigation into Suiter’s death; the FBI declined, saying it had no evidence to suggest Suiter’s death was “directly connected” to the corruption probe or any other federal case.

» Suiter was involved in a 2010 arrest involving Sgt Wayne Jenkins, the supervisor of the gun unit who has pleaded guilty in the federal case. An indictment said drugs were planted on a man who fled and got into a serious crash. The indictment said Suiter was oblivious that the drugs had been planted, but prosecutors said Jenkins set up Suiter to find the drugs.

» Suiter had other connections to members of the gun task force. From 2007 to 2009, Suiter worked with Detective Maurice Ward, who has pleaded guilty in the racketeering case and made arrests with Jenkins in 2011. Suiter also worked a handful of cases in 2008 with Detective Momodu Gondo, who has pleaded guilty.

» In the federal racketeering trial of Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, Gondo testified Feb. 5 that he used to steal money with Suiter.

Defense attorney Christopher Nieto asked Gondo if he had told the FBI that he stole money when he worked with Suiter and a squad of several other people.

“You’d take money, split it among yourselves?” Nieto asked. Gondo agreed.

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