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Indiana police officer will be taken off life support and live a hero, police say


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An Indiana police officer who is fighting for his life after being shot during a traffic stop will be taken off life support on 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 “irrecoverable”.

“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 his 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 at a traffic stop. The stop involved a moped driven by 47-year-old Phillip M. Lee.

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

Burton’s K-9 partner Brev sniffed mid-air around a moped and pointed to the possible presence of narcotics, said the police.

As officers spoke with Lee, he allegedly pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the officers.

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

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

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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