Neighborhood Cleared: Police continue to search for suspects in officer's death
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Monday, Baltimore City Police released the neighborhood where a homicide detective was shot and killed as they continue to search for a suspect.
Detective Sean Suiter, an 18-year-veteran of the department was shot Wednesday in the Harlem Park neighborhood after approaching a man he saw, acting suspiciously.
At an afternoon press conference, police said they recovered new evidence Monday from the scene where the shooting happened. Police say the actual spot where the shooting occurred is still being held, it should be released tomorrow.
Suiter was shot in the head by the unidentified suspect, after a six day manhunt in the neighborhood, police have not made an arrest.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the autopsy which was performed Sunday, allowed police to gather additional evidence.
"Based on the autopsy, it's made us think about this murder in a different way, that's led us to recover evidence today, that we had not yet recovered." The Commissioner told reporters, "There are different types of evidence that we can forensically recover from a scene. We learn things like trajectory, proximity of discharge of a firearm."
The autopsy was delayed due to Detective Suiter's status as an organ donor.
The suspect, who was only described as a black male, wearing a black jacket with a white stripe; was believed to have been in the neighborhood. After days of investigation by City Police and Federal Agencies, including the FBI and ATF, the search for a suspect hasn't been successful.
Police confirmed that two people were taken into custosdy for questioning Sunday from the 700 block of Dolphin St. The Commissioner said Monday, they were both released.
Still, police think Detective Suiter's killer is in the area. Commissioner Davis said, "These killers don't go far, we think he's in the city and we think he may be wounded."
A reward for information has reached $215,00. It includes funds from the State, a group that supports officers, politicians, the FBI and Metro Crime Stoppers.
When asked about the growing reward, the Commissioner said, "Why did the reward go up? Because a police officer was killed...Society says the murder of a police officer is unacceptable."
In response to FOX45's question about CCTV cameras, BPD spokeperson, TJ Smith said, "In a perfect world, we'd have cameras on every block and be able to get everything, but it just doesn't work that way."
Funeral arrangements for Detective Suiter have not been finalized, services are expected to take place next week.
If you have information on the whereabouts of the suspect, you can call in an anonymous tip at 1-866-7LOCKUP.