The wife of a Baltimore detective who was shot dead with her own gun last November has rejected the conclusion of an independent review board that committed suicide.
Authorities initially said Sean Suiter was shot dead by a suspect during a fight in a vacant lot in western Baltimore on Nov. 15, but an independent panel revealed a report this week saying the 43-year-old man committed suicide.
The detective's wife, Nicole Suiter, spoke publicly for the first time since her husband's death nine months ago, and said the suicide conclusion of the review panel was "extravagant."
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Nicole Suiter, the wife of a Baltimore detective who was fatally shot with her own gun last November, has rejected the conclusion of an independent review board that committed suicide
Detective Sean Suiter's wife, Nicole, spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time since her father's death five years ago, describing how her husband was "in a good mood" less than an hour before the fatal shooting on November 15.
Nicole described how, less than an hour before the shooting, she had been joking with the father of five.
"Sean was in a very good mood and with a happy spirit, we joked briefly about a video of him dancing that I took," he told WMAR.
Nicole did not say anything about her behavior resembling that of a man preparing to take his own life.
& # 39; I know my husband very well. He was not a coward. He would not have come out that way, "he said." He would not leave his family like that. "He had no reason to do so.
The investigation into Sean's death is still open, as the police and the coroner's office analyze the report of the independent review board.
Nicole and her lawyers criticized the report, claiming that it is full of lies and inconsistencies.
"I am surprised at what this report contains," said attorney Paul Siegrist.
& # 39; Multiple facts are left out of this report. They give undue weight to certain facts and completely ignore everything else. They did not interview the witnesses. Somehow they reach Sean's mood without talking to his wife. This is garbage.
Nicole and her lawyers criticized the report of the independent review board published on Tuesday after months of investigation, claiming that it is full of lies and inconsistencies
Detective Suiter was shot in the head with his own gun on November 15 in a high-crime neighborhood in western Baltimore. The authorities initially determined that the death was a homicide
Sean was scheduled to testify in court at a police corruption trial the day after his death, which the report seems to suggest could have been the motivation for his suicide.
The report refers to Sean as a "subject," an informal term that could refer to both a witness and a person of interest.
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Attorney's Office not only said Sean was never a suspect, he was only a witness, but the second round of accusations against Wayne Jenkins and several other officers showed that Sean was involuntary. part of their biggest drug conspiracy and their drug plantation, "said attorney Jeremy Eldridge.
Nicole said she will continue with the protesters in Baltimore until she knows "the truth."
"Based on the fact that no one knew my husband better than me, I will not accept Sean's untimely death as nothing more than murder, which is being covered up for reasons unknown to me or my family," he said.
An improvised monument for the veteran who served in Iraq sits at the scene of the shooting
Suiter was shot dead in the head while investigating a triple homicide in 2016 with his partner in a high-crime neighborhood in western Baltimore.
Former police commissioner Kevin Davis, who was fired by the mayor in January, told reporters last year that Suiter approached a "suspect" man in a vacant lot between terraced houses, sparking a violent confrontation.
According to the police, you could see your partner in a private surveillance video that was on the other side of the street.
Baltimore police originally said Suiter had been attacked and launched a human hunt, but after no arrests were made they called the independent review board earlier this year to investigate the homicide investigation.
The report published after months of review says that the bullet entered from the right side of Sean's head, and that the detective was right-handed.
It also points to the lack of defensive wounds on Suiter's knuckles, hands or arms, along with the presence of projectile envelopes from Suiter's weapon in the scene and the officer's DNA inside the weapon's barrel.
A spokesman for the city's coroner said Monday night officials would not discuss any cases still under investigation.
Complete statement by Nicole Suiter
"I understand that the public has been patiently waiting for Detective Sean Suiter's wife to talk and, until now, did not have the strength to do so.
"However, with this preposterous presumption in hand, I will not allow anyone to embarrass my husband's name and ruin his legacy with these false accusations of suicide.
& # 39; There is no one alive that can convince me that the theory that this panel has formulated is the correct answer. Honestly, I have the same views and thoughts as most of the community, and that is, my husband did not commit suicide.
"I do not make this statement as a disconsolate widow, I make this statement as a conscious person who evaluated every piece of evidence that has been shown to me, and with the knowledge that many pieces of evidence have not been presented, as well as the inconsistencies that I have been told. .
"Based on the fact that no one knew my husband better than me, I will not accept Sean's untimely death as nothing more than a murder that is being covered up for reasons unknown to me or my family. Many others, and although I have not spoken publicly until now, do not believe that I have been blinded by lies or misleading information.
"Numerous accounts of what may have happened have been speculated, what the community does not know is that I had spoken to my husband less than an hour before his murder." Sean was in a very good mood and with a happy spirit. a video of him dancing that I captured, who knew it would have been the last time I spoke with my husband, certainly not me.
"I will not sit here and say that I am an excessively religious woman, but I am a Christian and I believe in the power of prayer, and that is what she has given me in this difficult moment of my life.
& # 39; Lose my spouse and remain strong for my children, I do not tolerate violence or war, but I will keep openly with the protesters [sic] from the city of Baltimore and around the world to fight for justice.
"Sean did not deserve to die this way, and no one deserves to get away with it, please continue to pray for my family, let's rise with prayer, strength and sanity while we seek justice for Sean, thank you all for the great amount of love and concern ".
Complete statement provided by WMAR