Sean Suiter, 43, was fatally shot in the head on Nov. 15 and authorities said there was evidence of a struggle, The Baltimore Sun reported on Wednesday.
Detective Jemell Rayam, a 12-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department was one of eight city police officers charged with racketeering in March by the U.S. attorney’s office.
Rayam and two other officers were accused in June 2009 of stealing $11,000 in cash from a man they pulled over in a traffic stop.
The man, Gary Brown filed a complaint with the police. Police launched an internal affairs investigation.
Rayam failed a 2010 polygraph test, and investigators concluded that he had provided false statements. The investigation resulted in a “finding of Sustained for the allegations of Misconduct General, Misrepresentation of Facts, and False Statements,” the documents show.
But an internal trial board acquitted him of those findings in 2012, and the state’s attorney’s office declined to prosecute him criminally.
Police tape off the scene where officer Suiter was fatally shot on Nov 14 in Baltimore city
Last month, Rayam became the third Baltimore officer to plead guilty to federal racketeering charges,de facto admitting to robbing suspects and forging reports to cover his tracks.
Rayam also he admitted to helping a Baltimore drug dealer rob a rival. Rayam and his fellow robbers made off with $12,000, a Rolex watch, a gold necklace, a handgun and 800 grams of heroin.