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Indiana police officer to be taken off life support, will live on as hero, police say

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Indiana police officer to be taken off life support, will live on as hero, police say


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An Indiana police officer fighting for her life after she was shot during a traffic stop will be taken off life support Thursday, authorities said. 

The Richmond Police Department said K-9 Officer Seara Burton, 28, will be taken off life support after doctors determined her injuries were “unrecoverable.”

“Seara will live on and continue to be a hero with her selfless gift of organ donation,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Officer Burton will continue to serve others long after her passing. Final arrangements for Officer Burton will be released in the coming days.”

Burton, a four-year veteran of the department, was shot Aug. 10 while responding to help other officers with a traffic stop. The stop involved a moped being driven by 47-year-old Phillip M. Lee. 

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Burton, pictured with her K-9 partner Brev, was in very critical condition after a suspect shot her during a traffic stop police said. She will be taken off life support Thursday, authorities said. 
(Indiana State Police)

Burton’s K-9 partner Brev conducted an open-air sniff around a moped and indicated the possible presence of narcotics, police said. 

While officers spoke with Lee, he allegedly pulled out a firearm and fired multiple shots at officers.

After Burton was struck, police said the other officers returned fire. Lee fled the scene on foot, leading officers on a brief foot chase before getting caught. He was treated for gunshot wounds and taken to a hospital. 

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Burton was airlifted to a hospital. At the time of the shooting, Burton had recently been elevated to the position of K-9 handler and was engaged to be married the next weekend.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.



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