City to compensate family of officer shot before testimony
Added 10-24-20 12:03:01pm EST - “The city of Baltimore has agreed to pay workers compensation benefits to the family of a police detective who was fatally shot in the head a day before he was scheduled to testify before a grand jury investigating police corruption.” - Washingtontimes.com
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The city of Baltimore has agreed to pay workers compensation benefits to the family of a police detective who was fatally shot in the head a day before he was scheduled to testify before a grand jury investigating police corruption.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the agreement with the family of Sean Suiter, disclosed Thursday, allows the city to avoid a possible dispute about whether his death was a homicide or a suicide.
At the time of the November 2017 shooting, authorities said Suiter had been shot with his own gun and launched a manhunt. The medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide, but an independent board said Suiter most likely killed himself and staged it to look like a homicide.
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“The big question always with the Suiter case is, ‘What happened?’ We don’t answer those questions by way of this settlement - the settlement does not include a determination of a cause of death, or whether that death was in the line of duty,” City Solicitor Dana Moore said. “It simply resolves a civil claim that Detective Suiter’s family is entitled to workers compensation benefits.”
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