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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.


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.


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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