Baltimore City Police dispatch scanner audio following shooting of Det. Sean Suiter on Nov. 15. (Audio courtesy of the Baltimore Police Department via Broadcastify, video courtesy of ScannerAudio)
With no sign of a suspect, officers responding to the shooting of Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter feared the shots could have been fired from inside nearby buildings, dispatch audio shows.
“We do not know where these shots came from. We have officers in bad locations,” one officer said over the police radio. “Everybody take cover. Get away from the windows. We don’t know where the shots came from.”
Dispatchers said they had no suspect description to share.
“The caller is reporting his partner got shot. No description of the suspect, no further [information],” they said.
The audio shows how little information police had in those first moments, in a case that remains unsolved a week later with no suspect, despite a $215,000 reward.
“Everybody calm down for a minute,” another officer said.
The detective with Suiter at the time did not have his radio with him when the shooting occurred, and called 911 from his cell phone instead of directly communicating over the radio, which is why he is described on the dispatch audio as being a “caller.”
Three shots were fired from Suiter’s weapon, which was recovered at the scene.
“We do have the officer's radio and weapon in sight. We still do not know where the shots came from and we do not have the shell casings yet,” an officer said at one point in the moments after the shooting.
In the hours after the shooting, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the suspect was a black man wearing a black and white jacket. Police have not reiterated the description since then.
On Monday, following Suiter’s autopsy, police returned to the lot and said they found a new piece of evidence.
“I’m very encouraged by the recovery of this evidence,” Davis said on Monday afternoon, declining to elaborate on what was discovered. “I think it’s going to help us identify the killer.”