The wife of the Baltimore detective who was fatally shot last year is slamming a new report that claimed her husband committed suicide.
After Detective Sean Suiter’s death, the medical examiner ruled it a homicide and he was honored with a was hero's ceremony, a procession which honors officers killed in the line of duty.
However, shortly after the medical examiner released their findings, an Independent Review Board tasked with looking into his death said they believed Detective Suiter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His wife says otherwise.
“I knew my husband very well. He wasn’t a coward. He wouldn’t have went out like that." Nicole Suiter said when speaking with WMAR 2 News. "He wouldn't leave his family like this. He had no reason to."
An attorney for Nicole told WMAR they found several inconsistencies with the review.
"What bothers me about this entire report is that they’re attacking a man who served our country in Iraq, fought a war for us, and then came home and became a police officer after he served," Nicole Suiter's attorney Duane Stone told the local news station. "This is a man of service. This is a man of honor. This isn’t a man that gives up their life easily for a ludicrous reason based on this report."
Baltimore Police Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle said investigators will review the IRB's findings. Another attorney for Nicole said the review did not take witness accounts into consideration.
“I’m just shocked at what is contained in this report, "said Paul Siegrist, another of Nicole Suiter's attorneys. "Multiple facts are left out of this report. They give undue weight to certain facts and totally ignore everything else. They don’t interview witnesses. They somehow arrive to Sean’s state of mind without speaking to his wife. This is garbage."
Nicole said the IRB's report is full of lies and inconsistencies. The report makes connections between Sean's involvement in the Gun Trace Task Force investigations of the previous year. Sean was set to testify as a witness the day before his death.
Nicole said the IRB's determinations have caused more pain and she still believes her husband's killer is still out there.
“I can’t heal until I get the truth," she said.
Nicole Suiter's full statement can be read below:
“I understand that the public has been patiently waiting for Detective Sean Suiter’s wife to speak out and before now, I did not have the strength in me to do so. However, with this outlandish presumption in hand I will not go on allowing anyone to shame my husband’s name and ruin his legacy with these false allegations of suicide. There is no one alive who can convince me that the theory that this panel has formulated is the correct answer. Honestly I have the same views and thoughts as the majority of the community, and that is, my husband did not commit suicide. I don’t make this statement as a heartbroken widow. I make this statement as an aware individual who evaluated every piece of evidence that has been shown to me, and with the knowledge that much evidence has not been presented as well as inconsistencies I have been told. Based on the fact that no one knew my husband better than I, I will not accept the untimely death of Sean as nothing other than a murder that is being covered up for reasons unknown to me or my family. I have done the same research and investigation as many others, and although I have not publicly spoken thus far, please do not believe I was blinded by the lies or misleading information. Numerous recounts of what may have happened have been speculated. What the community does not know is I had spoken with my husband less than an hour prior to his murder. Sean was in a great mood and happy spirit. We briefly joked about a video of him dancing that I captured. Who knew that would have been the last time I had spoke with my husband, certainly not I. I will not sit here and say I’m an overly religious woman, but I am a Christian and I do believe in the power of prayer. And that is what has delivered me me through this toughest time of my life. Losing my spouse and remaining strong for my children, I do not condone violence or war, but I will openly stand with protestors from Baltimore City and around the world to fight for justice. Sean did not deserve to die in this manner, and no one deserves to get away with this. Please continue to pray for my family, uplift us with prayer, for strength and sanity as we seek justice for Sean. Thank you all for the outpour of love and concern.”