BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A $900,000 settlement in the Detective Sean Suiter case was approved Wednesday during a Board of Estimates meeting.
Council President Brandon Scott approved the settlement agreement, which was filed under Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation Act. The money will go to his widow Nicole Suiter and their minor daughter Zharia Suiter.
On November 15, 2017, Sean Suiter was investigating a triple murder case in the Harlem Park neighborhood of the city when police said Suiter got into a violent struggle with a suspect who then took Suiter’s own service weapon and fatally shot him.
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A November 2019 report by the Maryland State Police, which was looking into Sean Suiter’s death, concluded Suiter died by suicide. Baltimore police subsequently closed their investigation. But then Baltimore police later said the case was still open and Sean Suiter’s death was still an open homicide investigation.
Suiter’s widow told WJZ in 2019 she believed his death was an inside job.
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At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Nicole Suiter said the settlement was the first step toward an acknowledgment her husband was murdered. While no amount of money is worth his life, she said it will provide her family peace of mind.
“Sean cannot rest in peace until justice is completed,” she said. “I will continue to fight for justice.”
Attorney Charles Schultz said the city “did the right thing and has acknowledged Sean Suiter’s death was a work-related injury.”
Jeremy Eldridge, Suiter’s friend and attorney said he and Suiter’s family continue to work with the Baltimore Police Department to solve the case.
“We look forward to a day when the crime is finally solved,” he said.
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