Ind. officer shot during traffic stop taken off life support

Officer Seara Burton's injuries were "unrecoverable" after being shot in the head last month

As of Thursday, September 1, from Chief of Police Michael Britt: "The Richmond Police Department would like to update the public on Officer Seara Burton. At this time, Officer Burton is still alive and surrounded by family. We will give an official update once more information is available."

By Daniel Susco
Springfield News-Sun

RICHMOND, Ind. — An Indiana police officer who has been in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital since she was shot three weeks ago will be taken off life support Thursday, the Richmond Police Department announced.

Officer Seara Burton was shot in the head during an Aug. 10 traffic stop in Richmond. At the time, police said that an arrest was made in the shooting.

Burton's K9 partner Brev, who was not injured, has been in the care of one of the Richmond police investigators who used to be a K9 handler.

In the announcement, police said that Burton's injuries were "unrecoverable," and she would be taken off life support Thursday. They also said Burton would live on and "continue to be a hero" by donating organs.

"Seara's family wanted to include the community in sharing this information. The incredible outpouring of support has been truly heartwarming. We ask that you please respect their privacy during this time," the release said.

Final arrangements will be announced in the coming days.


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