Baltimore detective, York County resident, dies from gunshot wound

Written by Teresa Boeckel, Brandie Kessler, and Shelly Stallsmith/The York Daily Record | Nov 16, 2017 6:45 PM

Police officers respond to Bennett Place and N. Fremont Avenue after a call went out that an officer is shot Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Baltimore. (Photo: Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

(York) -- Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department who lived in Conewago Township, died just after noon Thursday, police said.

He was shot in the head Wednesday night while he and another homicide detective were doing "follow-up" on a homicide case in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.

Suiter lived in a residential neighborhood off the Susquehanna Trail, not far from Interstate 83.

Steve Owens, who retired as a detective with the Baltimore Police Department after 25 years, lives in Suiter's neighborhood. The two have children around the same age, he said.

"I'm devastated," Owens said of the news that his friend had died. "It's very, very difficult."

Owens said he learned Suiter died just before 1 p.m. "I've been in a fog all day," he said.

Suiter and his family are wonderful people, Owens said. Anything you needed, they were there. 

Owens said with Baltimore being a very violent place, he was happy to make it out of the police force after 25 years. He said he wants to reach out to the family, but he's planning to wait a little.

Police commissioner Kevin Davis said Suiter, 43, was shot when he attempted to talk to a man who was engaged in suspicious activity.

A manhunt continues, and a $60,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the gunman's arrest, police said.

Davis said Suiter's wife and five children were with him when he died.


Photo: Baltimore Police Department


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