Local officials weighed in on the death of Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the police department. Here’s a sampling of their reactions:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan:
“The First Lady and I are heartbroken by the death of Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter, a veteran of 18 years, who leaves a young family behind. He did not deserve to die this way. We join all Marylanders in praying for Det. Suiter’s wife, children, and loved ones during this time of tragedy.
“It is difficult to express the sadness – and anger – that comes with losing this dedicated public servant to such a cruel and senseless act of violence. The State of Maryland will continue to support local law enforcement as they hunt down the individual that committed this heinous crime, and ensure that the full force of justice is brought to bear.
“May God continue to bless the brave men and women who serve and protect us every single day, including all of Det. Suiter's fellow officers on the Baltimore City police force. They are truly some of the best and most heroic people that we have the honor to call Maryland citizens.”
Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh:
“Every life loss to violence, is a great loss for Baltimore City. The level of violence we are witnessing is unacceptable, and we must come together to make our City safer for our residents and the law enforcement officers who risk their lives everyday to protect and serve us. The act of violence against Detective Sean Suiter is a tragedy.
I offer my condolences and prayers to his family during this time of grief and to the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department who have lost a brother and a colleague. I want to thank the doctors and staff of the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center for their continued dedicated service to our public safety officers.
I remain committed to working with our police department to bring justice to everyone victimized by crime. Baltimore can do better and we will, but it's up to all of us working together to bring this violence to an end in our communities.”
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby:
“My thoughts and prayers are with Detective Suiter’s family. Each day, officers throughout this nation leave home not knowing whether they will make it back and this is a tragic reminder of the ultimate risk and potential sacrifice that officers make to protect and serve us all.
Detective Suiter and I crossed paths many times when I was a line prosecutor, and I know firsthand his love and passion for serving the citizens of Baltimore and fighting crime. We have lost a true gem today.
As the daughter and granddaughter of police officers, as well as a wife and mother, my heart is heavy. This cowardly act is tragic and deeply affects us all. I send condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at the Baltimore Police Department.
We will not tolerate such callous, senseless violence, and I assure you that my office will work tirelessly to bring the perpetrator to justice.”
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young:
"On behalf of the citizens of Baltimore, and the members of the City Council, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Detective Sean Suiter. Det. Suiter was a trusted and beloved member of the police department and the City of Baltimore. The department has my full support as they work to bring to justice the individual or individuals who are responsible for this heinous act that cut short the life of such a tireless public servant. May God keep and bless the members of the Baltimore Police Department as they work to protect and serve the citizens of Baltimore."
Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch, via Twitter:
“I am absolutely heartbroken by the news about Det. Sean Suiter. I’m inspired by the bravery of this 18 year veteran of the force. My thoughts are with his family & with the @BaltimorePolice through these difficult times.”
City Comptroller Joan M. Pratt:
“Today, we mourn the horrific and senseless loss of Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter. Detective Suiter was an 18 year veteran of the police force; he gave his life protecting us from the conditions that have beset our City. Let us together mourn the loss of this dedicated public servant, let us grieve with and for his widow and the two children now without a father, and now let us resolve together to rid our City of the criminal conditions that bred and caused this tragedy. And let us move forward together, in the name of Detective Sean Suiter, to create a City that we know Detective Suiter would be proud of, and let us not allow his tragic death to be in vain.”
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, via Twitter:
"Monica & I are deeply saddened and frankly upset about another tragic loss of life in Baltimore. This time it is of a man who was committed to protecting us all. God bless Detective Suiter's family, the @BaltimorePolice, & all those grieving this and other senseless murders."
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Detective Sean Suiter. I was deeply saddened to learn of this young man’s death. His life was cut far too short while he was simply doing his job protecting others. Det. Suiter served the people of Baltimore for 18 years, and was gunned down callously in the line of duty by a heartless criminal. I urge anyone who has any information regarding this shooting to contact the Baltimore City Police immediately. We cannot allow these vicious acts of violence to continue. It is time for all of us to work together to ensure the safety of our community.”
"My heart is broken for Detective Suiter, his family and for Baltimore. Detective Suiter dedicated his life to helping families in Baltimore find closure amidst the trauma caused by the disease of Gun Violence that is ravaging our city. While we all should be angered by yet another cowardly act of violence on our streets we can't afford to sit on that emotion. Detective Suiter gave his life trying to rid our city of murderers. Don't simply be angry again as we have been for every murder this year. Don't just pray. Do Something. There is only one way out of this dark place our city is currently in and that is working together. Egos, desire for power and all other personal feelings need to be let go so that together we can get our city back on track. I am starting with myself and again letting Baltimore know that I am here to help in any way possible. I will continue to dedicate my service to ridding our city of the disease that is ripping us apart in honor of Detective Suiter and everyone who has lost their lives to violence in Baltimore."
Baltimore County Executive and Democratic candidate for governor Kevin Kamenetz, via Twitter:
“Words fail. We are grateful to Detective Sean Suiter for his bravery, courage and sacrifice in protecting and serving our communities. To honor his memory, we must do better."
Jim Shea, Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, via Twitter:
"Extremely saddened by the news of Detective Suiter’s death. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and fellow officers. If you have any information, please contact the @BaltimorePolice."
Ben Jealous,Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, via Twitter:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Baltimore City Police officer who lost their life in the line of duty."
Alec Ross, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, via Twitter:
"My sincerest sympathies to Detective Suiter's family and the entire @BaltimorePolice Department. Thank you for continuing to put your lives on the line every day. We must come together as a community to build a safer, stronger Baltimore."
The 2015 death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody, and the unrest and rioting that followed, touched off a surge in city violence that continues today. View the series of events in this interactive timeline.
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Al Redmer Jr., Republican candidate for Baltimore County executive, via Twitter:
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"Sandy and I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of fallen Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter. May God bless the brave officers of @BaltimorePolice & all members of law enforcement who risk their lives for our safety on a daily basis."
Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County executive and Democratic candidate for governor, via Twitter:
"The thoughts, prayers and condolences of @PrinceGeorgesMD w/ the City of Baltimore, @MayorPugh50 @CommishKDavis and the men and women of @BaltimorePolice today. The tragic death of Det. Suiter is unacceptable. We sadly know and feel your pain."
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Democratic candidate for governor, via Twitter:
"Extending heartfelt condolences to the family of Det. Sean Suiter. Thanksgiving will never be the same w/o their loved one. We must end gun violence in our city, state, & nation."