Seara Burton Death and Obituary, Richmond Police Department Officer shot in Line of Duty

Seara Burton, 28, spent four years with the Richmond Police Department and most recently became a K9 officer. She was shot while on duty and died 38 days later on September 18.

On August 10, Burton was shot in the head after being asked to help a moped driver stop. Burton’s K-9, Brev, indicated that the moped smelled of narcotics. Philip M. Lee, 47, fired multiple shots at officers, according to state police.

What happened to Burton after the shooting?
Burton was taken to a local hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The Richmond Police Department said Aug. 31 that her doctors ruled she was unable to recover and would be placed on life support. Burton was sent back to the Richmond-area hospice on September 3, according to the RPD.

What happened to Westlabton’s alleged shooter?
When police returned fire, Li was shot and taken to hospital. State police said he was arrested for probable cause under an affidavit and faces multiple charges.

What charges do the suspects face?
Lee was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder. He was also charged with aggravated violent criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of drug possession.

Lee appeared from his hospital bed via Zoom at his first hearing on Aug. 19 and filed a preliminary plea of ​​not guilty. Lee agreed to be extradited from Ohio to Indiana in September.

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