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Baltimore detective dies after being shot in head while on-duty, police say

Baltimore police officer fights for life after shot in head while on-duty, officials say. (Ryan Hughes/ABC7)

An 18-year-veteran detective with the Baltimore Police Department has died Thursday afternoon after authorities say he was shot in the head the evening before.

Police identified him as Detective Sean Suiter, 43, a father of five children, according to ABC7's Brad Bell.

WATCH LIVE: Baltimore Police give updates on fatal shooting of Detective Sean Suiter

Maryland Natural Resources Police tweeted their condolences Thursday on the loss of Suiter.

"Our hearts are heavy. The death of Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter, 43, this afternoon is everyone's loss. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family and the men and women of @BaltimorePolice."

According to the Baltimore Police Department, Suiter was following up on a homicide investigation in the area of Benton Place north of Route 40 in West Baltimore when he approached a man engaged in suspicious behavior. When Suiter attempted to speak with the man, he reportedly shot the detective.

Suiter's partner reportedly rushed him to a local hospital.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vowed to find the suspect and bring him to justice in a tweet that stated: "The individual responsible for this heinous crime will be found, charged, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. @BaltimorePolice has our full support as they track down this violent criminal and bring him to justice."

Hogan also ordered all Maryland flags to fly at half-staff to honor Suiter. He also released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“The First Lady and I are heartbroken by the death of Baltimore City Police Detective Sean Suiter, a veteran of 18 years, who leaves a young family behind. He did not deserve to die this way. We join all Marylanders in praying for Det. Suiter’s wife, children, and loved ones during this time of tragedy.
“It is difficult to express the sadness – and anger – that comes with losing this dedicated public servant to such a cruel and senseless act of violence. The State of Maryland will continue to support local law enforcement as they hunt down the individual that committed this heinous crime, and ensure that the full force of justice is brought to bear.
“May God continue to bless the brave men and women who serve and protect us every single day, including all of Det. Suiter's fellow officers on the Baltimore City police force. They are truly some of the best and most heroic people that we have the honor to call Maryland citizens.”

The State of Maryland is now offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for Suiter's death, under Hogan's direction, bringing the total to $169,000.

ABC7's Ryan Hughes was live on the scene Thursday morning in the following Facebook Live:

This story has been updated


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