BALTIMORE - Only hours after a Baltimore police homicide detective passed away after being shot in the head, officials are warning that scammers have created fake fundraising pages that are purportedly for the slain officer.
Detective Sean Suiter was in a vacant lot in West Baltimore Wednesday afternoon investigating a homicide when he was shot once in the head by a gunman. Suiter had approached the suspect because he was acting suspiciously.
Less than 24 hours later, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the police department, was pronounced dead shortly after noon. The 43-year-old leaves behind a wife and five children.
However, T.J. Smith, chief spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department, tweeted Wednesday night:
Sadly, there are people who capitalize off of tragedy. The Suiter family HAS NOT set up a Go Fund Me page. Any pages that are purportedly for Det. Suiter are fake. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Confirmed w/ family. @BaltimorePolice— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithMedia) November 17, 2017
The suspect has still not been caught. A total reward of $169,000 has been raised to find Suiter’s killer.
Under my direction, the State of Maryland is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer responsible for the death of @BaltimorePolice Detective Sean Suiter. Effective immediately.— Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) November 16, 2017