The Baltimore homicide detective who was shot in the head on Wednesday has died, police said.

Police identified the officer as Det. Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the city police force and a husband and father of two. In an email to the department, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said he died surrounded by his family.

Photo: Baltimore PD/Facebook

Photo: Baltimore PD/Facebook

"His tragic death will forever impact the BPD," Davis wrote in the email obtained by the Baltimore Sun. "Each of you go out there and put your lives on the line every single day. The importance of your sacrifice, and Sean's, can't be overstated."

Baltimore Police and their federal partners continued a massive manhunt Thursday for the suspect. Authorities offered a $69,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Police say Suiter was shot in a notoriously violent section of the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore while investigating another killing. An entire city block remained cordoned off Thursday morning as police scoured the area and cadets began canvassing door to door for information.