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Richmond Police Department K-9 Officer Seara Burton was shot during a traffic stop and was in critical condition
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.”
“Ella Seara will live and remain 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 announced in the coming days.”
Burton, a four-year veteran of the department, was shot Aug. 10 while responding to assist other officers with a traffic stop. The stop involved a moped driven by 47-year-old Phillip M. Lee.
Burton, pictured with her K-9 partner Brev, was in critical condition after being shot by a suspect during a traffic stop, police said. She will be taken off life support Thursday, officials said.
Burton’s K-9 partner, Brev, conducted an outdoor sniff around a moped and indicated the possible presence of narcotics, police said.
As the officers spoke with Lee, he allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot the officers multiple times.
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 he was caught. He was treated for gunshot wounds and taken to a hospital.
Burton was airlifted to a hospital. At the time of the shooting, Burton had recently been promoted to the position of K-9 handler and was engaged to be married the following weekend.