The Maryland State Police have begun a review of the investigation into the shooting death of Baltimore homicide Detective Sean Suiter.
Investigators from the state police homicide unit met with Baltimore Police homicide detectives on June 18 and were given electronic copies of reports and documents from the investigation, confirmed Greg Shipley, the chief spokesman for the state police.
Shipley said state police are “only providing an investigative review,” and do not have a timetable for when it will be completed.
“Maryland State Police homicide investigators are conducting a review of the investigative reports and documents that were provided,” Shipley said. “Following this review, State Police investigators will again meet with Baltimore Police Department investigators to discuss any recommended investigative actions or strategies. The Baltimore Police Department homicide division detectives will remain the primary investigators on this case.”
Police say he was shot with his own gun, which was found under his body when he was rolled over, and that no suspect DNA has been found. A convicted Gun Trace Task Force officer testified that he stole money with Suiter years earlier.
“The evidence simply does not support anyone other than Detective Suiter himself firing the fatal shot. Nor does the evidence support a conclusion that Detective Suiter fired that shot accidentally. That leaves only this tragic scenario,” the Independent Review Board wrote in its 127-page report last year.
Suiter’s family says the well-regarded detective did not kill himself, noting he was in good spirits in the days and weeks before his death. His attorney has criticized the review panel’s report, saying there were errors and omissions that would cast the case in a different light.