Homicide Detective Killed While Investigating Case

Baltimore police hunting a 'soulless killer'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2017 1:17 AM CST
Homicide Detective Killed While Investigating Case
Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks at a news conference outside the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, to announce the death of Det. Sean Suiter.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Police in Baltimore say they are hunting the "heartless, ruthless, soulless killer" who murdered one of their officers. Sean Suiter, a 43-year-old homicide detective and father of five, died Thursday, a day after he was shot while investigating a 2016 triple murder in a troubled part of the city, the Baltimore Sun reports. "We will find the person responsible for this ridiculous, absurd, unnecessary loss of life," Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. He urged the public to help "bring this heartless, ruthless, soulless killer to justice." A total of $169,000 in reward money is being offered for information leading to the shooter's arrest, including $100,000 in state funds pledged by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Davis said there is evidence that the suspect may have been wounded, and hospitals should look out for people with unexplained injuries, CBS Baltimore reports. Police say Suiter, a Navy veteran who had been on the Baltimore force for 18 years, was shot in the head after he approached a man who was acting suspiciously in west Baltimore's Harlem Park neighborhood. "The individual responsible for this heinous crime will be found, charged, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," tweeted Hogan, who has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff. Suiter, who moved to the homicide division after killings in the city surged two years ago, is Baltimore's 309th homicide victim so far this year. (More Baltimore stories.)

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