Ind. officer shot during traffic stops remains critical

Officer Seara Burton, who was shot in the head, was supposed to marry her fiancée last week


By Sarah Calams

RICHMOND, Ind. — An officer who was shot in the head and critically wounded in a shootout following a traffic stop last week is still fighting for her life.

Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton and her K-9 partner, Brev, had stopped a moped rider and started a search for the possible presence of narcotics. During the search, the suspect, later identified as a known drug offender, drew a weapon and fired multiple shots, police said.

Burton was supposed to marry her fiancée, Sierra Neal, last week. Neal broke her silence over the weekend to post a “thank you” message on Facebook.

“I have stayed away from social media for a few days, but I wanted to get on and thank everyone for everything and for all the support,” Neal wrote. “Seara is the strongest person I know and she continues to prove that every single day.”

The community has held rallies and vigils for Burton, which has resulted in donations toward Burton’s medical expenses. Burton remains in critical condition.

“Richmond, Indiana, is a community that cares and I thank you! We will all get through this,” Richmond Chief of Police Michael Britt told FOX 59.

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