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Indiana police officer, 28, dies 5 weeks after she was shot in the head during a traffic stop

Officer Seara Burton, 28, died more than a month after being shot in the head during a traffic stop, according to the Richmond Police Department.

An Indiana police officer dies more than a month after being shot in the head during a traffic stop in August.

Officer Seara Burton, 28, died Sunday night at Reid Health while surrounded by her family, according to the Richmond Police Department.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn alongside Officer Seara Burton’s family, colleagues, loved ones and the Richmond community served so nobly,” Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb wrote in a statement.

“Officer Burton dedicated four years and her life to the Richmond Police Department and lived by the oath she took to serve and protect to the fullest.”

Burton was shot in the head by Phillip Lee, 47, during a drug-related traffic stop on the night of August 10. She was scheduled to marry Sierra Neal nine days later.

The police department led a procession outside the hospital on Monday with several police cars before and after Burton’s hearse.

Locals, hospital staff and officers lined the sidewalk to greet Burton during his last trip as his remains were returned to Dayton.

Officer Seara Burton, 28, died more than a month after being shot in the head during a traffic stop, according to the Richmond Police Department.

Officer Seara Burton, 28, died more than a month after being shot in the head during a traffic stop, according to the Richmond Police Department.

The police department led a procession outside the hospital on Monday with several police cars before and after Burton's hearse.

The police department led a procession outside the hospital on Monday with several police cars before and after Burton’s hearse.

The public was invited for the last Barton walk which occurred at 1 pm on Monday

The public was invited for the last Barton walk which occurred at 1 pm on Monday

Locals, officers and hospital staff lined up outside the hospital as Burton's remains were transported to Dayton.

Locals, officers and hospital staff lined up outside the hospital as Burton’s remains were transported to Dayton.

The procession led from I-75 North from Dayton to I-70 West.

The procession led from I-75 North from Dayton to I-70 West.

Escort Officer Seara Burton

WATCH: Law enforcement from across the region escort the body of police officer Seara Burton from Dayton back to Richmond, Indiana. STORY: https://bit.ly/3dmYzeX

Posted by Dayton 24/7 Now on Monday, September 19, 2022

The late police officer was called to the 200 block of North 12th Street in August after the Richmond Police Narcotics Unit saw Lee pull into a garage where they speculated a drug deal might be going on.

Phillip Lee, 47, was taken into custody by the Richmond Narcotics Unit on Aug. 10 when Brev took an outdoor sniff test and Lee pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, hitting Burton in the head.  He has pleaded not guilty to all charges

Phillip Lee, 47, was taken into custody by the Richmond Narcotics Unit on Aug. 10 when Brev took an outdoor sniff test and Lee pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, hitting Burton in the head. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges

Burton and his K9 Brev conducted an outdoor sniff test of Lee and his vehicle. K9 indicated that narcotics were present, prompting Lee to pull the gun from him and shoot Burton multiple times.

Lee then fled before officers shot him. He was charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

He is being held on $1.5 million bond.

The police officer was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital, but was taken off life support on Sept. 1 after “her injuries were determined to be unrecoverable,” according to the Richmond Police Department.

Hospital staff and officials gathered for a walk of honor as Burton left his room with a flag draped over his body.

Burton’s K9 led the procession as others lined up against the wall to pay their respects.

She was then transferred to a different facility where her organs were donated.

Burton left her room with a flag draped over her body as she prepared to be taken to another facility to donate her organs.

Burton left her room with a flag draped over her body as she prepared to be taken to another facility to donate her organs.

Burton's loved ones followed behind her while wearing t-shirts that said 'Burton Strong'

Burton’s loved ones followed behind her while wearing t-shirts that said ‘Burton Strong’

💔 Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton was taken off life support on Thursday. This was her walk of honor, before she donated her organs. As of Friday morning, the boss says that she is still alive. His wife, family and friends are by his side. Officer Burton was shot in the line of duty 3 weeks ago. MORE-> https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/indiana/richmond-police-officer-seara-burton-to-be-taken-off-life-support/531-32b1205f-19ec-494f -990d-002daf6de1e5

Posted by Shay McAlister on Friday, September 2, 2022

Burton was shot multiple times and was deemed 'unrecoverable' by hospital staff

Burton was shot multiple times and was deemed ‘unrecoverable’ by hospital staff

Neal, Burton’s fiancé, posted an earlier video of the officer on Sunday holding his hand.

The couple was scheduled to marry on August 19, but they never made it to the island as they imagined.

Instead, Neal dressed in her lace wedding dress on August 20 and walked ‘around the island’, through the hospital corridor, to Burton’s room. Zach Brown’s ‘Something in the Orange’ was playing in the background.

“This walk was supposed to look a lot different, but I will always be grateful that we can still celebrate,” Neal wrote in the caption of a heartwarming video.

‘Although not legal on paper, you are my wife.’

The couple had been dating since August 2021, according to Neal’s Facebook.

Burton was supposed to marry Sierra Neal (pictured in wedding dress) on August 19.  Neal walked through the hospital that day in her wedding dress to see Burton with an unidentified companion.

Burton was supposed to marry Sierra Neal (pictured in wedding dress) on August 19. Neal walked through the hospital that day in her wedding dress to see Burton with an unidentified companion.

About 310 motorcyclists and 75 Jeeps gathered Sunday to honor Burton’s life in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“It’s hard not to get excited, it’s hard not to get excited,” Peter George wrote on Facebook along with a video of the motorcyclist that included children as passengers.

‘This is Richmond, this is Indiana, this is a small town in America, where we say yes sir and yes ma’am, where we take care of each other and where we stand with our first responders and our thin blue line. We will never stop believing in them, or in Seara. We will always support, encourage, honor and defend our local heroes.’

Travelers departed from American Legion Post 65 to Fort Harrison.

Wayne and Union County law enforcement, along with the Richmond Police Department, help coordinate the trip.

Today I saw ordinary people from all walks of life come together, unite and travel together for ONE cause. To honor and defend the life of our fallen officer, Seara Burton… last count I heard was 310 bikes and 70-75 jeeps… left American Legion Post 65… all the way to Fort Harrison and then home . Fully escorted courtesy of Wayne and Union County law enforcement, including the Richmond Police Department. It’s hard not to get excited, it’s hard not to get excited. This is Richmond, this is Indiana, this is a small town in America, where we say yes sir and yes ma’am. Where we take care of each other, and where we stand with our first responders and the thin blue line. We will never stop believing in them, or in Seara. We will always support, encourage, honor and defend our local heroes.

Posted by Ryan George on Sunday, September 18, 2022

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