Officer Shot During Traffic Stop Dies Weeks Later From Injuries

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Richmond Officer Seara Burton passes away five weeks after being shot during traffic stop – WHIO

Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton died Sunday night at a Reid Health facility surrounded by her family, the department said.

Burton was critically wounded in the shooting and was removed from life support on Sept. 1. Her remains were to be escorted by Richmond police on Monday afternoon.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and his wife, Janet, are mourning with Officer Burton’s family and colleagues, saying their hearts are heavy.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch expressed her sympathies for Burton’s family, friends and fellow Richmond police officers, and said Burton dedicated her life to keeping others safe. Phillip Matthew Lee, 47, was charged with three Level 1 felony attempted murder counts and four other felonies related to the handgun he possessed and three types of drugs found in his scooter.

Authorities say Lee shot at officers after the dog indicated the possible presence of narcotics. Lee was treated for gunshot wounds and was apprehended following a brief foot chase.

Burton was shot less than two weeks ahead of her planned wedding to Sierra Neal. She defied expectations and began breathing on her own, and two days later was moved to a hospice facility, where family members and even Brev spent time with her.

Burton is the sixth RPD officer to die in the line of duty. She is among 16 officers from Wayne County law enforcement agencies to die in the line of duty this year, including Elwood Police Officer Noah Shahnavaz, who was shot July 31.

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