FBI Rejects Police Department’s Request to Take Over Det. Suiter Death Investigation

12/29/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

The feds have officially declined to assume control of the probe into Det. Sean Suiter’s murder.

In an undated response letter to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, Stephen E. Richardson, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division, wrote that “no information has been developed to indicate Detective Suiter’s death was directly connected to an FBI investigation.”

“For this reason, we believe it prudent for your office to continue as the lead in this investigation, with our current commitment to assist and support you fully, including providing FBI analytical, forensic, and investigative support,” Richardson wrote.

Davis read the letter aloud at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. He thanked FBI and DEA officials and local and federal prosecutors, declined a suggestion that he might be “disappointed” with the FBI’s decision, and said he actually feels more informed now from reading the letter than beforehand because it signifies Suiter’s death doesn’t pertain to a federal case.

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