Indiana cop shot in the head hangs on after life support system removed


RICHMOND, Indiana — An eastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the head during a traffic stop was taken off life support on Thursday, but she remained alive with stable vital signs, her department said.

Richmond Police Department officer Seara Burton, 28, has been receiving treatment at a hospital in Dayton, Ohio since being shot on August 10.

“At this time, Officer Burton remains alive and surrounded by his family,” the department said in a news release posted to Facebook Thursday afternoon.

The decision was made on Wednesday to remove Burton, a four-year Richmond Department veteran, from life support.

“Officer Seara Burton’s injuries have been deemed irrecoverable,” the police department said in a news release posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “Seara will live on and continue to be a hero with her selfless gift of organ donation.”

He did not specify which organs would be donated.

Prosecutors have filed three attempted murder charges against Phillip Matthew Lee, the man accused of shooting Burton.

Lee, 47, of Richmond, was held in jail on $1.5 million bail. He made a first court appearance during which he pleaded not guilty.

Lee’s moped was stopped by officers on August 10 and Burton was called to help with her police dog, which indicated the possible presence of narcotics.

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