The wife of a Baltimore detective who was fatally shot with his own gun last November has rejected an independent review board’s conclusion that he committed suicide.
Officials had initially said Sean Suiter was fatally shot by a suspect during a struggle in a vacant lot in West Baltimore on November 15, but an independent review panel released a report this week saying the 43-year-old had actually killed himself.
The detective’s wife Nicole Suiter spoke publicly for the first time since her husband’s death nine months ago on Wednesday, calling the review panel’s suicide conclusion ‘outlandish’.
Nicole described how less than an hour before the shooting, she had been joking around with the father-of-five.
‘Sean was in a great mood and happy spirit. We briefly joked about a video of him dancing that I took,’ she told WMAR.
Nicole said nothing about his behavior resembled that of a man preparing to take his own life.
‘I knew my husband very well. He wasn’t a coward. He wouldn’t have went out like that,’ she said. ‘He wouldn’t leave his family like this. He had no reason to.’