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Possibility of suicide in Baltimore Det. Sean Suiter case puts some family benefits on the line

Possibility of suicide in Baltimore Det. Sean Suiter case puts some family benefits on the line

The families of Baltimore police officers who are killed in the line of duty are eligible to receive a host of benefits: lump-sum payouts from the state and federal governments, a special pension arrangement, workers’ compensation.

The value can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But if investigators conclude the officer took his or her own life, many of those benefits are reduced, or unavailable entirely.

That’s a possibility that’s been raised in the death of Det. Sean Suiter, the police veteran who was shot last month in West Baltimore. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says investigators are not ruling out the possibility that his death was a...

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