BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Police Department has asked the FBI to take over the investigation into Detective Sean Suiter’s murder.
Questions are swirling around the killing, which remains unsolved more than two weeks later.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis is hoping the FBI can provide some answers.
The FBI says it is aware of the request but is not commenting further.
Davis said at a Friday afternoon press conference that he became concerned because he felt the FBI had information it was not sharing with the homicide detectives investigating the case.
Davis also maintained that he does not believe Suiter was shot in Harlem Park on Nov. 15 because of the fact that he was set to testify before a federal grand jury the next day about a police corruption case involving nine officers, though he says that element does complicate things.
“The circumstances surrounding Detective Suiter’s killing are significantly complicated by the fact that he was to appear before a federal grand jury the following day,” Commissioner Kevin Davis writes in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray. “I am growing increasingly uncomfortable that my homicide detectives do not know all of the facts known to the FBI or USAO that could, if revealed to us, assist in furthering this murder investigation.”
You can read the full letter HERE.
Davis elaborated on the letter at the press conference.
“If the evidence leads us in the direction of a conspiracy, we’ll go there,” he said. “If the evidence leads us in the direction of an unknown perpetrator who we have yet to identify — and that’s very frustrating to all of us — we’ll go there, too.”
Suiter was set to take the stand as a federal witness and testify against the alleged ring leader of a police corruption case, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins.
Prosecutors indicted Jenkins Thursday for planting heroin on two men involved in a 2010 chase and crash, then tricking Suiter into finding the drugs. Those men were sent to federal prison.
The indictment was a surprise to Davis, who has since suspended another officer who was allegedly involved.
“I’m uncomfortable right now that we just don’t have all the pieced to the puzzle,” he said.
Suiter was shot with his own gun, and there is little physical evidence of a second suspect.
“Right now, there is no DNA evidence or other forensic evidence — blood, etc. — that identifies the perpetrator,” according to Davis.
Police also say there’s no evidence of suicide, but whether the killing could have been committed by one of their own remains an open question.
Davis again today talked about evidence of a struggle on Detective Suiter’s clothing, and said the FBI was unable to enhance his final radio transmission.
Suiter’s family is supportive of the department requesting that the FBI take over the investigation, according to Davis.